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Top Tips for Surviving Tantrums

Tantrums are a normal part of development. They happen most between ages 1 and 3 years, but as so many of us know, some kids are huge tantrum throwers, and some are not. Many children have more tantrums prior to and around the time of  language development . Before kids are fully verbal, they’re frustrated, and in that sense of frustration or hunger or dissatisfaction, tantrums can be an easy way for kids to try to get what they need. When You Can’t Ignore Your Child’s Tantrum Sometimes it’s really hard for us to stop tantrums. There are a couple of times when you can’t ignore your child in a tantrum. If your child is physically at risk of running into the street or in danger, grab him tightly and hold him or make it very clear to him. If your child is  hitting  or  biting , stop it immediately and make sure that you let him know that it’s absolutely not acceptable by moving his body out of a situation or taking away a privilege. The Light at the End of the Tunnel Know th

How to Shape & Manage Your Young Child’s Behavior

Helping shape your children's  behavior  is a key part of being a parent. It can be difficult as well as rewarding. While at times it can be challenging, a few key principles can help. Modeling Behavior  Children learn by watching everyone around them, especially their parents. When you use manners and good coping strategies, you teach your children to do the same. Point out  sharing  among adults.  Children often feel that they are the only ones who have to  "use your manners," "share,"  and  "take turns."  So when adults share, point it out to your children. For example: "Daddy is sharing his drink with Mommy. Good job sharing, Daddy!" Model good ways to calm down.  Teach your children how to calm down when they are upset or frustrated. For example, if you are frustrated about sitting in traffic, you might say: "Mommy is really frustrated right now. Please help me calm down by taking 10 deep breaths with me." Teach