If your toddler is anything like mine, a tantrum can spark easily from nearly anything. Not wanting to get dressed, not wanting to sit in the grocery cart, not wanting to clean up his toys, you name it. Distraction is my favorite way to stop those tantrums before they get out of control. Most of the time, I can nip it at the bud and move on to our next task without much kick back.
When I divert his tantrum with distraction, I get him to focus on something else other than what he is upset about. I started doing this when he was about 18 months old. This works when…
We’re heading for the car and he doesn’t want to get in:
I talk about something completely unrelated. For example, I will ask: Did you see that airplane? Or, where’s the moon? Is it out right now? Can you find it? (He is obsessed with finding the moon right now and sometimes you can see it in the morning or early evening). Or if we’re going somewhere that I know he would enjoy, I talk about how much fun it’s going to be.