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Taming the Toddler Tantrums Tantrums are a normal part of growing up Toddlers arent bad when they are having a tantrum they are just acting their age Almost all children between the ages of one and three have a few temper tantrums This just means they have finally gotten a sense of their own individuality A temper tantrum every now and then doesnt mean anything there are bound to be some frustrations A surprising number of tantrums are a result of fatigue and hunger or of putting a child into a situation that exceeds their capabilities for coping I wish I could give you one surefire way to help eliminate or eleviate tantrums but I cant Like most of the more challenging behaviors of childhood this to will pass Ive provided some suggestions to help minimize tantrums Stay calm yourself Nothing accelerates the intensity of a tantrum more than a worked up parent Seeing you lose your cool will only make it more difficult for your toddler to compose himself Lower your voice Screaming over your toddlers screams will only encourage your toddler to scream louder A gentle tone of voice assures your toddler that you are in control Do Not get physical Resorting to physical punishment to end a tantrum is a bad idea You would only be punishing your child for something that they cant control You also could lose yourself and inflict serious anger on your child Make the environment safe Protect your toddler from dangerous surroundings Move the child who is physically out of control to a setting that is safer for everyone and everything Distraction Some children can be easily distracted during a tantrum while others only get more upset If your child can be distracted try reading a favorite book or turn on a favorite song Dont overpower the little one Speak at your toddlers level It can be very intimidating to a
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