How to avoid toddler tantrums at Christmas

Christmas can be a highly stressful time for families. Even adults feel overwhelmed at such a busy time of year, so it's not surprising that under fives can feel it too. Check out these tips from Joanne Mallon, author of Toddlers: An Instruction Manual on how to handle it when the inevitable festive meltdown happens.

The Christmas and New Year period is prime time for adult tantrums, let alone for the under fives. So don’t be surprised if you find your child is playing you up more than usual around now. We've all been there, and it's no slight to your parenting if your child kicks off at what is supposed to be a magical time. Aim to stay as calm as you can and hope that the rest of the family gets the hint.

Avoiding toddler tantrums in the Christmas holidays

And if all else fails, remember that the Christmas season isn't that long, and nurseries and playgroups will be open in Janaury. Don't let a toddler tantrum ruin your Christmas when all in all it's a very small part of the whole picture. Focus on having fun rather than being perfect. In the long run, you'll remember the fun and laugh at the rest of it. Toddlers can be very sweet, loving and joyous individuals and given the chance they can help make Christmas as special as they are.

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You can find more help on dealing with toddler tantrums in the book Toddlers: An Instruction Manual, currently available in paperback and Kindle formats. 10% of proceeds go to the family support charity HomeStart.