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How to Handle Temper Tantrums

Children are occasionally going to throw temper tantrums. However, they are usually not just acting out for no reason. Kids do not always have the ability or mental maturity to properly express their emotions, so parents learning how to deal with temper tantrums is important.

Why Temper Tantrums Happen

 
Tantrums are most common in children between the ages of one and three years old. These outbursts happen because emotional skills take time to develop. Everyone develops these skills at a different pace, so it’s possible for older children to throw tantrums as well. A lot of times, children do not have the words to express emotions and sometimes realize that their actions affect people around them. Sometimes the root cause of a temper tantrum is simply to provoke a response from a parent, but other times it the child’s personal response to an interior stressor.
 

What a Child Might Do

 
Tantrums are not always going to be the same. They can stem from anger, frustration, hunger, sleep deprivation, or a lack of attention just to name a few. A child could portray these issues in a variety of ways: crying, screaming and yelling, plugging their ears, closing their eyes, running away, becoming extremely aggressive, or even getting very quiet and ignoring everything around them.
 

What a Parent Should Do

 
The number one thing to remember when your child starts to throw a tantrum is to stay calm. Of course this is easier said than done, but if your emotions escalate the same way your child’s does, then the whole situation will become worse. Being calm does not mean doing nothing, though. Take charge when you can. If your child throws a fit just because he wants something, do not give in and give it to him. Wait out the tantrum and when you have the opportunity, make them understand that an emotional outburst is not an appropriate or effective way to get what they want.
At The Kangaroo Forest, our staff is an expert in interpreting temper tantrums. If you have any questions about understanding and handling your child’s emotional reactions, contact us today!
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