Tantrums are emotional outbursts that show your toddler needs or wants something. Dealing with these underlying needs can help you calm your child.
Set expectations and incentives for good behaviour. For example, offer a sticker or small treat if they stay next to the trolley while you do the shopping.
Get to know your child’s triggers (such as boredom, hunger or frustration). Try to tackle these before they cause a tantrum – for example, pack toys or snacks.
Agree a signal your child can use to show you they’re feeling overwhelmed. You can then step in and talk them through a calming routine. Practice these at home, too.
Children often get argumentative when they feel they never get their own way. Consider what they’re asking before saying no, and try to compromise when you can.
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