Taming Temper Tantrums
Temper tantrums are a normal part of childhood development. Children between 1 and 3 years old have difficulty expressing their emotions effectively, so they express them by crying, screaming, and sometimes even stomping their feet. Once children develop their vocabulary, they will begin to use words to communicate instead of temper tantrums.
With a little planning, there are some things you can do to stop a tantrum before it happens, such as:
- Knowing your child and his limits
- Offering your child choices to provide him with a sense of control of his environment
- Praising your child for positive behavior
- Keeping objects that spark temper tantrums out of sight, such as a complex puzzle he or she finds frustrating
- Picking your battles and accommodate your child when the request is reasonable
- Offering age-appropriate toys
Last reviewedAugust 2012by Brian P. Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.