How to Stop Tantrums

These can begin shortly after the first birthday, but should fade away by about the age of 4, unless the parent have made tantrums worthwhile.

The tantrum can come from the child’s frustrations with his parents or with himself. It is not long before the child sees the tantrum as a powerful manipulative weapon to get what he wants. What can parents do? They can attempt to divert the child’s attention, to ignore the  outbursts, or to take him off to his room and ignore him until he has cooled down. That takes strong parental nerves, but the alternative is slavery under a juvenile yoke. Hold the child in a firm, close cuddle. This  may work for some parents, but others may find their patience wears thin and they may use force on the child.

Article by: Geoffrey O. Nevine

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