Temper tantrums are a normal part of child development. They happen when a child is frustrated or uncomfortable, and they’re a way for toddlers to express their wants and needs before they’ve fully formed language skills. As kids grow, they learn how to deal with these emotions. For now, though, tantrums are learning opportunities for both parent and child. It’s impossible to know how to stop tantrums every single time, but here are 10 ways to prevent and manage them.
1. Reduce Temptation
Many tantrums start when toddlers hear the word “no.” To prevent this from happening, keep off-limits items out of the way. That includes putting dangerous/breakable items out of reach and locking cabinets to hide snacks. When kids can’t access things that they’re not supposed to, you don’t have to reprimand them.