Children can cry for a number of reasons. They could be cranky, hungry, or in pain. Don't be shocked, but they can also fake it, though. Even if they can already speak, children can resort to crying to get their parents’ attention pronto! Don't underestimate these little drama kings and queens. They know that if they put on enough of a show―with the tears, the wailing, flailing, and kicking, in PUBLIC, no less―you'll likely give in.
We know that you’ve tried to stop your child from having tantrums and exhibiting bratty behavior. Aside from refusing to give in to their demands, you have tried feigning ignorance, shouting back, scolding, and even spanking. Unfortunately, these just don't work.
Don't lose hope, it IS possible for you to trick your child into stopping the waterworks. It requires a lot of patience and self-control but it can be done. These are some of the ways we believe you can overcome such a tough situation:
Warn at the first sign – Before the screaming actually starts, talk to your child once the whining begins. Trick your child to stop crying by gently putting a finger on the mouth. Once calmed down, ask your child about the whining and crying.
Ask questions – If your child begins crying, talk in a calm manner. Let your child tell you all about it in a big boy/girl voice. Speak to your child but make sure they know that you cannot understand anything unless the tears stop.
Convey understanding – In order to trick your child to stop crying, you must convey understanding. Begin by telling your child that you understand all the frustration and sadness, however there is no need to cry. Tell your child that you are ready to listen.
Provide explanations – Trick your child to stop crying by offering honest (okay, white lie) explanations. If your child is crying because of some expensive toy that you cannot buy, explain why. Tell your child that you won’t be able to buy the toy even if you want to because you don’t have any money. Discreetly remove all cash and cards inside your wallet and show the now-empty wallet to your child. Your child will eventually understand the situation. You can even ask them to help you save money so you’ll be able to buy the toy somehow.
You might not believe this, but how your children behave in public reflects how you are as a parent. If your children are well-behaved in restaurants, other individuals will surely commend your superior parenting skills.
If your children are crying, screaming and kicking inside a toy store, other people can’t help but judge you. They will automatically label you as a bad parent even if it isn’t true.
It’s not that their judgment matters, but it’s definitely the cherry on top of how frustrating the entire ‘tantrum’ situation can be.
But, we’ll put an end to that saga today, we’ll teach you how to trick your child to stop crying once and for all.