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Tantrums: how to deal with temper tantrums in 20 month old

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How to deal with temper tantrums in 20 month old

You made it through the terrible twos. Why didn’t anyone warn you about the”tantrums”? Be warned: For many kids, tantrums won’t taper off for easily. This post is about how to deal with temper tantrums in 20 month old.

At 3, your preschooler is trying to cope with an amazingly complicated world. Most tantrums are born out of frustration (she doesn’t have the skills to do what she wants to) or disappointment (she has little control over any of the decisions about her day). All you can do is decide how to respond.

She’s 3, but still having tantrums. Although she’s older, when she’s upset she’s every bit as emotionally primitive as she was as a toddler. (And, brace yourself — it’s not unusual for occasional tantrums to pop up through the fours and beyond.) When your child is in full-meltdown mode, don’t try to reason with her, no matter how advanced her language skills are.

Stay calm, even detached. Raised voices and anger only escalate the situation. If you can, ignore her. If you’re in public, try to remove her to your car or some other more private, less overwhelming place.

In one important way, handling a tantrum with a 3-year-old is different: Giving in is especially risky at this age because it sets a dangerous precedent — your child is able to remember that pitching a fit can work.

For instance, she screams because she doesn’t want to pick up her toys so you let it slide, or she flails when she can’t have candy in the checkout aisle, so you give in “just this once” to hush her up. If you cave, you teach her that screaming works and that all limits are flexible — probably not the kind of discipline messages you’re aiming for.

A great prevention technique: Reward your child when you see her handling frustration or disappointment in a mature way. “Wow, I like how you didn’t fuss one bit when I asked you to help pick up the toys on the floor before going outside.”

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