I never realized how easy I had it with my son–a tantrum would rarely occur, and when it did, it was easy to handle and was over in the blink of an eye. Then, my daughter came along. Don’t get me wrong, 99% of the time she’s sweet as pie, but at times, she can be described as a hurricane. A screamer, she lets everyone know that when she’s mad, she’s MAD. Yes, she’s a tantrum thrower. Completely unprepared for this sort of behavior, I didn’t know how to handle it. Knowing I’m not alone in wondering how to deal with tantrums, I turned to Breezy Mama‘s Go-To Child and Family Psychotherapist, Dr. Fran Walfish, Psy.D. for help.
What triggers a tantrum?
Temper tantrums are absolutely natural and expected during toddlerhood which I define as 18 months – 4 years of age. The goal of the toddler is to claim himself as a separate being from Mommy. He has many objectives to achieve during this crucial period of development. In addition to separation, his goals include [Read more…] about How to Handle Your Child’s Tantrum. Plus! Do they Ever Stop?