January 23, 2012

Tips for Improving a Mood Swings in Children

One of the most frustrating things parents deal with is the constantly fluctuating moods exhibited by their children. Isn’t it amazing how your toddler can go from happily chattering to an all-out temper tantrum the minute you say something he or she finds disagreeable? While you may be doing everything you can think of to ward off these sudden mood changes, there may be one or two additional things you can try. Below is a short list of tips to help mood swings in children.

1.    Make Sure They Get Plenty of Sleep. As adults, many of us have gotten used to not getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night. While this isn’t advisable for adults, it’s highly discouraged for children. Children of all ages need adequate amounts of sleep (“adequate” is different for all kids) and when they don’t get it, it can result in off-the-chart temper tantrums. Some toddlers may require an additional nap during the day too. And, don’t make the mistake of believing that your kids only need extra sleep for special occasions…this should be an “everyday thing.”

2.    Meals and Snacks are Important. Food is the fuel for our bodies and when we don’t get it, we naturally get tired and cranky. These symptoms are often even more pronounced in children. Therefore, make sure you are feeding your children three balanced meals a day with at least one snack between each meal.

3.    Allow Plenty of Time to Wake Up. While there will be times when you are running late and have to wake your child up and leave within 10 minutes, this isn’t a good habit to get into daily. Make sure you allow plenty of time for your child to wake up before you have to leave. Nobody likes to be rushed first thing in the morning.

4.    Decrease TV Time. While the television is a great babysitter, it can cause kids to become a bit lazy and take away from the time available for “exercise.” Exercising is necessary to help kids stay in shape and feel good throughout the day. Believe it or not, exercise energizes the body. Therefore, reduce the amount of time your kids spend in front of the television and increase the time they spend outside playing!