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Ways to cope with your toddler's tantrum

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Some toddlers can be unpredictable in their moods. But part of parenting is learning and understanding your child. Get to know their triggers and what sparks a tantrum. The best thing you can do is try to prevent the tantrum in the first place. But if you can't and a tantrum happens, remain as calm as possible. Instead of getting angry with the child, try to have some empathy. Talk to them quietly even if they are yelling. Try to figure out why it is they feel the need to be so upset. If they can't describe it to you or refuse to, take them to a quiet place and try to calm the whole situation down. If you are out in public, take them back to the car. Don't try to argue/reason with your toddler during a tantrum if you're out in public because arguing is only going to make the child more upset and nobody wants that. If taking them to the car doesn't make them stop, then drive them home. I've come to realize that a lot of tantrums come from the toddler being tired, overstimulated, or irritable from being hungry or hot. Try to rule those things out.

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