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Decrease the amount of temper tantrums your child has by becoming aware of their feelings.

Temper tantrums can cause a lot of stress for both the caregiver and the child. Photo credit: Pixabay.

Temper tantrums can cause a lot of stress for both the caregiver and the child. Photo credit: Pixabay.

Temper tantrums are a way for children to express their feelings of anger or frustration.  According to Michigan State University Extension, children are often frustrated because they feel they are not able or allowed to do what they want.  Temper tantrums can also be triggered by a child’s inability to use words to express their wants and needs; especially when they know what they want or need.  Temper tantrums can cause a lot of stress for both the caregiver and the child.

There is really no way to completely eliminate temper tantrums.  However, caregivers can help decrease the amount of tantrums by acknowledging the child’s feelings and identifying the cause of the tantrum.  You can acknowledge their feelings by giving them the words they are unable to express.  Consider saying, “I know that you are feeling angry right now, but you still cannot jump on the couch.”  This should be done in a simple, calm and caring tone. 

Caregivers can also help children regain control and deal with their emotions by not giving in to the temper tantrum.  Distraction and redirection can sometimes be effective in helping them calm down or even end the tantrum.  Simply ignoring this type of behavior can also be an effective way to solve a tantrum.

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