Stay Calm During Toddler Tantrums. Here's How.

A toddler tantrum can feel as though the world is ending, but stay calm. It helps your toddler with their tantrum.
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Stay Calm During Toddler Tantrums. Here's How.

A temper tantrum is a loss of balance. Just like when a child is learning to walk, sometimes they might fall; this is an emotional kind of a fall. It's completely normal and natural. The best thing that you can do when your child is having a temper tantrum is to stay calm yourself, not try to distract your child from the temper tantrum, but not remove yourself either. You want to be there as a support, but you don't have to say or do too much. When your toddler's experiencing a tantrum, they can't hear you anyway. You just want to be there with them so that they come through to the end. But for instance, the temper tantrum started because they wanted a cookie and you said, "No you can't have the cookie." You also don't give into that. The other thing is that you acknowledge the feelings, you acknowledge their feelings, "You're really upset because you can't have the cookie." Then you wait. KidsInTheHouse

A toddler tantrum can feel as though the world is ending, but stay calm. It helps your toddler with their tantrum.


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Lisa Sunbury, MA

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Lisa Sunbury has dedicated her life to caring for, supporting, and advocating for infants, toddlers, and their parents. She has over 20 years experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education, in a variety of roles. After earning a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, she worked as a nanny, and as an infant/toddler teacher in several respected childcare programs. While attending a workshop led by Diana Suskind, which focused on the unique needs of infants and toddlers in child care centers, she was introduced to Magda Gerber’s philosophy of infant care. Intrigued by Magda’s work, she went on to study with her for three years at the original home of RIE (Resources For Infant Educarers), in Silver Lake, California. There she earned a certificate of completion in the program to become a RIE Associate. She has taught RIE Foundations through University of California Santa Barbara, presented at several early childhood conferences, and had her writing published in the RIE Newsletter and the Giant Encyclopedia of Activities for Infants and Toddlers. Her most recent work has included growing her website, Regarding Baby, and caring for a wonderful family that includes two young children. She maintains professional memberships with the National Association of Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) and RIE, and is proud to serve on the board at Santa Cruz Toddler Center.

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