Without going into too much detail, I have had a cranky child on my hands for the past week or so, and it has been very hard on the rest of the family. This particular child has had a very short temper and has often resorted to yelling, pushing, and other such tactics, and I can tell that this behavior has caused all of the other family members to be more on edge as well. My strategy has been to say, “If you are going to act like that, you will need to spend some time in your room. You cannot be around our family when you are yelling like that.” The benefit is that this gives the other children (and me!) a break from the chaos, and it also gives the child a chance to cool of. Sometimes this works quite well, and other times it does not yield the desired outcome.
What are your strategies for handling cranky kids?