Updated: Apr 9
If you are some super mum who never gets annoyed with your kids then good for you, your a far more patient person then me and would love to know how you do it *applauds*. But for the rest of us mortals, I have some tricks to avoid tantrums and staying patient with your toddler during isolation. As the days go by your child is likely to become more restless and prone to tantrums. I am no expert but I have been self-employed, working from home with a toddler and baby for about a year now so I have learned a few tricks along the way.
Staying patient with your children during isolation
Choose your wording carefully:
A lot of tantrums can be avoided by simply wording something different, for example:
My son left orange peel all over the living room floor, my initial response was to ask him to pick it up which he probably would have ignored because he didn't want to do it. I then would of typically ask him again firmly, on a good day he would listen. On a bad day, he would throw a tantrum.
Instead, I said 'George, can you make a circle on the table out of all the orange peel you can find around the room?' he excitedly accepted the challenge and began collecting orange peel. I then counted along with him as he found each piece.
Change their environment:
If you are sensing that your child is becoming irritable change up the environment. If you are downstairs, go upstairs (and vice versa). If you have a garden you can take them to play in then that's even better. The change in scenery is sure to lift everybody's mood.
This is easier said than done when you're on day 7 of isolation and your toddler has been running rings around you all week. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed shut your child in a safe place for a moment and take a minute for yourself. (See also boost your mental health during isolation). Use this time to practice some deep breathing and focus on getting through to bedtime. You will re-enter the room to your child with a fresh perspective and calmer attitude.
Keep bordem at bay:
Your child will become bored easily during isolation and will not understand why they can't go outside. Try to avoid your child becoming distressed by keeping their mind active with lots of different activities throughout the day. See '50 activities for kids during isolation' for some ideas!