They can start for seemingly any reason at all; maybe they've spotted a toy they want or perhaps you're taking them somewhere they don't want to go.
Before you know it you have a gale-force tantrum on your hands - screaming, crying, stamping and flailing around. It ain't pretty.
It doesn't matter how great a parent you are, EVERY toddler has these meltdowns - and they can be exhausting for mums and dads.
They can actually happen for a variety of reasons, and we've found some tips on simple ways you can calm kids down when they're having a tantrum.
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A temper tantrum is an emotional outburst from kids who don't yet have the words to express the complex emotions they're feeling.
This can manifest itself as wailing, whining and lots and lots of tears. In some cases kids might lash out or throw things.
For adults, if we feel anxious, frustrated or sad we can convey our thoughts with language - but not for our little ones.
Tantrums can be most challenging for children around toddler age and tend to become easier once they've developed better language skills to talk about their feelings.
Children between the ages of one and three are especially prone to these episodes.
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Pretty much ANYTHING can cause a tantrum for a toddler - but these are some common causes:
This is simply because there's often no real way for kids so young to say what it is they need and can feel out of control.
There are several approaches you can try to helping your child relax when a tantrum is in full swing.
Through trial and error, you'll learn which approach is right for you and your child.
The most important thing to remember is that tantrums happen - and it's not a sign that you're a bad parent.
You can try head off potential tantrum-inducing situations by to work out what pushes your child's buttons and planning accordingly.
For example, if they have meltdowns when they are hungry always bring snacks.
If you start to get worried about the frequency of tantrums, make an appointment with your GP who can assess if something else is going on.
We hope you find these tips helpful. We found this article here.
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