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4 Steps to Shortening the Temper Tantrum

My son Sam used to throw what my wife Becky calls the Defcon 5 temper tantrum, usually when we passed by a playground without stopping. Ann Frankl has some advice. She says it helps to know what’s going on in your toddler’s head. They live in the moment. They’re impulsive. They don’t care if they might get to go tomorrow, that’s tomorrow, not now!  They’re flexing those fledgling muscles of autonomy.

4 things that work are:

Distraction

Ignoring the behavior

Stay Calm – If you lose your cool, they will get more fired up.

Don’t Cave – If you cave, it reinforces the behavior.

 

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