Temper Tantrums

Temper Tantrums
As your toddler enters the 'terrible twos', tantrums are inevitable.

Toddlers have tantrums because they can't express themselves properly. It's a sign they can't cope. As soon as your child learns to talk, the tantrums will ease. Right now, toddlers need to be taught how to deal with their emotions and how to tell you what they want.


Frustration, tiredness and hunger cause tantrums. Your child wants your attention and will scream to get it. If your child is anxious and insecure, the more likely tantrums will be. Remember a toddler is still very attached to you. You're the main source of security and anything that takes away your attention - which your child may have enjoyed exclusively until now - is unsettling.

The toddler's world is very small and the number of people they feels secure with is limited. Any major changes in your life like a new baby, a full-time job, moving house or getting new childcare, has a major impact on your little one. Your child may be acting like a monster but still needs love and assurance.

Alter Your Lifestyle for an Easier Life

Ward off tiredness and hunger with a routine that includes regular snacks and meals and at least one nap a day. Try and keep the big picture in view and don't pick unnecessary fights. Tantrums happen when toddlers are thwarted. Toddlers want to be like you - drive the car, wash up and dress himself. Be patient and help them learn. Meet your child halfway sometimes and ignore minor tantrums. Children who feel they get what they want most of the time, won't turn into spoilt monsters, but will be easier to manage.

Exercise Avoidance Tactics

Most parents know there are certain subject that provoke tantrums. If your toddler has tantrums over sweets and biscuits, keep them out of reach (or only buy them occasionally). Or if you know your child usually gets upset at the checkout, keep shopping trips short.

Jun 2012

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