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How to Deal with the Terrible Twos

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If you’re a parent with a child between the ages of one and three, then you’re probably experiencing what many parents are experiencing โ€” toddler tantrums and difficult child behavior. The American Academy of Pediatricians perfectly describes this phase in your child’s life.

Strong emotions are hard for a young child to hold inside. When children feel frustrated, angry, or disappointed, they often express themselves by crying, screaming, or stomping up and down. As a parent, you may feel angry, helpless, or embarrassed. Temper tantrums are a normal part of your child’s development as he learns self-control. In fact, almost all children have tantrums between the ages of 1 and 3. You’ve heard them called “the terrible twos.”

As every parent knows, this behavior is very stressful and it can affect your relationship with your child and your spouse. Fortunately, there are solutions. Much of the difficulty we experience with our children is related to how we communicate with them. Often times, we are frustrated with their non-compliance, and much of what we say in response to our children may make sense to us at the time, but is totally ineffective.

Terrible Two Tips

Avoiding and Preventing “Terrible Two” Temper Tantrums

Dealing with “Terrible Two” Temper Tantrums

When trying to prevent and deal with tantrums, it’s important to remember that behavior doesn’t change over night. It usually takes many months before a child’s behavior starts to dramatically improve. If you find that you’re not seeing any changes in behavior, experiment and try different approaches to behavioral consequences. Just make sure you aren’t changing your response and trying new things every time they have a tantrum. Be patient and be consistent.