Every toddler has meltdowns and every parent has to learn how to deal with them. What is interesting, though, is that you can actually benefit from toddler tantrums. Here, we discuss some of the strategies to deal with toddler breakdowns and how they can help you become a better leader.
Parenting can give you lots of ideas and strategies on how to deal with other people. Of course, you shouldn’t treat them like children, but you can definitely apply some of these in the workplace. We are sure any working parent can agree that it’s common to get yourself off to work and your toddler decides it’s time for a tantrum. What you do in these moments increases your parenting skills and sets boundaries for your children.
Don’t get us wrong here – we don’t want you to manage your employees like children. But many strategies you use to deal with frustrating moments can help you become a better leader. Here are some of the best strategies to deal with toddler tantrums that you can also apply to your professional life.
Patience Is Gold
Every parent knows that when you have a toddler, you exercise your patience. With gadgets and technology, though, patience is not something many of us have. Most of us have to work hard to shift our behavior.
This can help you a lot with your career. Regardless of your profession, you may wish to get immediate results when it is not possible. Many people are not disciplined in patience and prefer quantity over quality. After several toddler tantrums, you will learn that patience and clever strategy can give you much better results.
You Can’t Control Everything
As a leader, you can’t have control over every employee. It is harmful to your team because you limit their actions and feel overwhelmed at the end of the day. It stops your professional growth, too. Just like with your employees, you can’t have full control over your child. Every kid has their own ideas and desires, thus they will try to protect their independence and opinion (yes, even toddlers do this!) If you can accept that you cannot have everything controlled, you will find that your relationships get much closer.
Little Things Matter
If your child does what you need (like eating a healthy breakfast) without drama, you should give yourself a pat on the back. These small things are your victories and don’t forget to give compliments to your toddler to engage positive behavior in future.
In your professional life, small things are important, too. Everyone celebrates the big client and the big project, but we are talking about situations when your employee nailed their first client or came up with an innovative solution that helped others. These little wins create a feeling of winning regularly.
Consistency Is Important
The last thing we want to talk about is how consistent you are in your actions. It may sound obvious, but it takes efforts to take this idea into practice especially when you have a toddler breakdown. You have to do what you say, no matter what you feel. Toddlers are really good at smelling inconsistency, so stand for what you’re saying – and your toddler (and adults, too) will never have to guess what you want to do next.
Being a parent of a little child has plenty of challenges, but at the end of the day, it is really rewarding. What we think is amazing is that your children push you to be better. And the same is true for your professional life. So, the next time you have a challenge at work, remember these simple tips. It may help you find the solution you need.