In India, most of us did not experience the real benefits of online learning during the pandemic. And amongst all the other challenges, handling temper tantrums was one of their biggest concerns.
Due to an unplanned transition to online education, the situation got worse. Because most of the stakeholders failed to understand the actual reasons and handling of temper issues.
K8 School, India’s first and only recognized online school is a platform for 100% online schooling in India. And it’s strategic planning and student-centric structure have proved highly beneficial for preschoolers.
Here’s a bit about temper tantrums in kids:
Hitting, kicking, stamping, and throwing stuff, etc. are called temper tantrums in young kids. These are usually seen in children between the age groups of 12 to 18 months. And gradually decrease after the age of 4 years.
Let’s pen down some effective ways to manage temper tantrums during virtual schooling
1. Stay Cheerful and Interactive
We have to accept that 100% online schooling is a new concept in India. So both you and your child need some time to accept this new way of schooling. Do not be in a hurry. And never expect the child to adjust to remote learning overnight. During online classes, try to stay happy. And motivate the child to perform and participate in the class.
Do not look gloomy during any technical glitches. Instead, take this as an opportunity to embrace technology as a new face of education in the years to come. Your attitude largely determines your child’s interest in learning. So watch your actions and instill a love for learning in your child’s formative years.
If you enroll your child in an online school, this endeavor will be super-easy for you. Because we will take care of all your technical handholding. And ensure that you have all the peace of mind during your child’s online schooling.
2. Check Out the Reason for These Tantrums
Tantrums can occur because of numerous reasons. And these might or might not be related directly to your child’s remote learning. Check out for extrinsic factors like hunger, fatigue, sleep deprivation, or boredom. And if your child has any these work on the root cause of these triggers.
Try to resolve the issue by offering choices. And sound empathetic during the emotional outburst. Stay cautious about the child’s safety so that there is no injury or risk during the tantrum. And do keep a track of the child’s sleep hours, meal timings, and trigger points to understand more about these outbursts. Before your child sits for the online class, try to keep all these reasons at bay. This will help in resolving these issues proactively. And your child will gain maximum from his/her class.
3. Stay in Touch With the Teachers
Your child’s holistic development is a collaborative endeavor. Both you and your child’s teachers need to be on the same page to help the child with focused learning. Having said that, the success of this collaboration is subject to the quality of teachers and the school that you choose for your child. Because if your child’s teachers are trained for online teaching, issues like temper tantrums will not be that frequent.
Trained online teachers know how to engage students purposefully. And they succeed in channelizing the student’s energy constructively during the class. You can check with teachers about the coping strategies to deal with temper issues. And these trained professionals can walk you through some practical solutions (like distractions, positive reinforcement and motivational talks, etc.) to deal with these challenges.
You can always bank upon online schooling platforms to get the best teachers from the industry. And if you wish to check our teacher quality yourself, book a free classroom tour with us. Our teachers will amaze you with the best strategies for engaging kindergarteners. And you will realize the actual effectiveness of online schooling like never before!
4. Learn How to Use the Art of Distraction
Temper tantrums get triggered for certain reasons, and they can also come down with some distractions. With the preschoolers, keep toys, books, and other similar items handy. Because these can help you instantly divert the child’s mind and take him off the tantrum mode. The idea is to take the child’s attention away from negative emotions. So try to be good at distracting the child and observe what all goes well with the kid.
For issues like these, you can also have a quiet corner, which is accessible from the study areas. Because some kids feel better once they are taken away and physically detached from a situation.
During tantrums speak to the child with empathy. And tell him/her that you perfectly understand how he/she has felt. Let the child open up and share his/her feelings. Because this is the only way to help him/her during the tantrum. And will also help in instilling an empathetic attitude in the child (for other kids have similar issues).
5. Talk About Emotions in the Formative Years
Many parents make the mistake of talking about emotions either during the tantrum or right after it. This does not help the child much. Because this is not the perfect frame of mind to discuss these important things with the child.
Discuss emotions with the child and tell him/her the ways to handle these. And do not forget to reiterate how emotions are important in our human lives. Try to instill a sense of acceptance for emotions in your child. Because it will help him/her to understand how these are a part and parcel of our everyday lives. These discussions will help the child to practice more control over these emotions. And additionally, it will also make him/her more comfortable with these.
Remote learning can be equally joyous as any traditional schooling. It calls for mindful handling and needs structured support.
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