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  • Dealing with your Toddler’s Tantrums : Real Moms Speak Out

    Real moms tell us what works for them in pacifying their children when they act up.
    by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez .

    Cheska Cruz, team leader at Logica, and owner of Treasure Box Photo Booth:
    “When my kids Matthew 7; Franco, 3 and Lucas, 1 throw terrible tantrums, I usually ignore them. That conveys to them that they cannot get whatever they want just by acting and crying. In minutes, they'll stop and even tell me "Mommy you're not paying attention to me..." When they're already okay, I explain to them what happened and tell them why it is wrong and how it affects them and Mommy. And of course, we end each tantrum sessions with kisses and hugs.”

    Christine Everth Taccad-Dela Cruz-Arteta, mom to Avienda, 5:
    “My daughter still occasionally throws tantrums now, even if she's 5. Except when the reason behind the tantrum is hunger or sleepiness (issues that are usually resolved by either feeding her or her putting to sleep), her dad and I talk to her and explain things to her, and after a few minutes she would stop crying. Sometimes she doesn't know what to answer, so we teach her to answer, "Yes Mommy. I will not do it again." or "Yes Mommy, I will wait." It works very well for us.”

    Vlelyn R. Ang, mom to Patrick, 4:
    “The very first time my son threw a tantrum in a mall, we did not buy the toy he wanted. I told him that he had just gotten a similar toy recently so we were not buying another one until his birthday. He cried for a while and then stopped. When we got home I explained to him that money doesn't grow on trees - we work hard to earn it. We have started giving him "little rewards" every now and then for good grades. Now, when we go to the mall, he would just show me the toy he wants and say that he hopes to "earn" it by being a good boy.”

    Susan C. Fabian, Clerk at the Graduate School and Research Office of Jose Rizal University, mom to Faith, 3 years & 9 months and Cyrene, 1 year & 5 months:
    “When my daughter Faith sees something and asks me, "Mommy bili mo ako nun!" I tell her, “No anak, we don't have yet money for that, instead milk na lang." She sometimes starts to cry but stops later. I let her cry until she stops. I also talk to her and sometimes ignore her. On the other hand, when my younger daughter Cyrene starts crying continuously and we do not know what the reason is, we just say, "Ok, we're going outside (ba-bye tayo"). She usually stops crying.”

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