Parenting infants and toddlers is one of the most playful,
challenging and heart-opening experiences in life. Your child will have moods. Big moods! Lots of
How to Survive the Terrible
How do you deal with all these ups and downs of infants and
toddlers on any given day? What can you really do to help your child feel better?
If you are expecting, or know someone who is, I have compiled some
less-obvious parenting principles geared to help you raise a perceptive, secure and happy child.
Specifically, these suggestions are to help you find sensible ways to handle your toddlers unhappy moods.
There are really good experts on childhood treasures that consistently provide quality toys and games as
well as arts, crafts, and books to entertain your moody infant or toddler.
Here are some parenting tips on other ways to handle moody
infants and toddlers:
If your infant or toddler is screaming and upset, contrary to
popular belief, your number one point of focus should be on keeping yourself calm. Put your focus on
yourself. In order to be effective at helping infants and toddlers feel better, you must take care of
yourself first so you can be in the right frame of mind. During the explanations of airplane safety
procedures, they always insist that you put your own oxygen mask on first, and then put the oxygen mask on
This is a striking example, and a perfect metaphor for what I am
suggesting about parenting infants and toddlers, or any age child for that matter. Try diverting their
attention to more pleasant activities such as those we suggest from Magic Cabin or other
How can you help your child feel better or ease their discomfort,
if you are not feeling good yourself first? You must show them the way, by being the way.
Teach by example.
Look within and see if you are feeling
Take some breaths and shift your attention inward. Do this while
your child is screaming, and it will help ease the situation. Remember, parenting and infant or toddler is
not easy, but hang in there!
To put your own mood first is not a selfish or unloving way to be.
It will not mean that you do not care about your child. It will mean that you do care about your child. You
must open your heart first, and this will teach your child to do the same. Parenting infants and
toddlers is about loving your baby and that's simple to do!