Thursday, December 15, 2011

How to handle kids' tantrums on hikes

Image courtesy of David Castillo
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A tantrum is simply the child showing anger and frustration in what for them is a stressful situation. As a parent, you want to first get the child to learn that an angry outburst is not the appropriate way to behave.

Given this, treat the tantrum on the hiking trail exactly as you would at home. This probably means a time out. Once heads are calmer, try to determine what is the source of frustration and resolve it, ideally teaching the children in the process some skill that will help them resolve the problem on their own in the future.

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g Trail etiquette all children show learn
g How to handle nuisances on trail when day hiking with kids

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.