Dealing with temper tantrums

Remember when you went shopping and your child eyed a toy they wanted but you had no intention of buying it? Recall how you saw the temper gate open and before you knew it you were at the centre of a gale-force temper tantrum? As parents we have all experienced our children throwing a temper tantrum.

There is no fool-proof way to prevent tantrums, but there’s plenty you can do to encourage good behaviour in even the youngest of children.

Mayo Clinic has many suggestions to prevent tantrums.

Typically, the best way to respond to a tantrum is to stay calm and ignore the behaviour. You also might try to distract your child. A different book or a change of location might help. If you can’t stay calm and you’re at home, leave the room for a minute.

If your child has a tantrum in public, ignore the behaviour if possible. If your child becomes too disruptive, take them to a private spot for a timeout.

After the timeout, return to the activity or your child will learn that a tantrum is an effective way to escape a given situation.

Be cautious of using timeouts too often as they might become ineffective.


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