Crying crises, also known as temper tantrums, are a normal part of child development and can happen in children of all ages, but they are most common in toddlers and preschoolers. Crying crises are a way for children to express their emotions and frustration when they cannot communicate effectively with words.
There can be many causes of crying crises in children, such as:
Frustration or disappointment when a child is not able to get what they want
Tiredness or fatigue
Overstimulation or too much excitement
A change in routine or schedule
Feeling overwhelmed or stressed
During a crying crisis, children may experience a strong emotional response, which can manifest physically as well. They may cry, scream, kick, or thrash around. They may also experience changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Crying can also lead to fatigue and sleepiness.
It’s important to remember that crying crises are a normal part of child development and that children do not intentionally try to behave badly.
To help children cope with crying crises, it’s important to provide them with a safe, supportive environment, and to be there to listen and talk to them when they need it. Parents and caregivers can also help children by:
Staying calm and not getting angry
Avoiding arguments or trying to reason with a child during a crying crisis
Giving them simple and specific instructions
Redirecting their attention to something else
Removing them from the situation if necessary
Being consistent with discipline
Showing empathy and understanding
It is also important to address the underlying cause of the crying crisis, for example, if the child is tired, ensure they have a good sleep schedule and if they are hungry, feed them.
In summary, crying crises are a normal part of child development and can be caused by a variety of factors. Parents and caregivers can help children cope with crying crises by staying calm, avoiding arguments, and addressing the underlying cause of the crisis. Showing empathy and understanding can also be helpful in managing crying crises.