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Health Tip: Taming a Toddler's Tantrum

-- Tantrums are a common part of toddlerhood, but parents can take steps to head them off.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help avoid temper tantrums:

  • Give your child praise and attention for good behavior.
  • Let your child have control over some decisions, such as choosing the fruit to have with lunch.
  • To avoid frustration, encourage your child only to play with age-appropriate toys.
  • Don't automatically say no when your child asks for something; pick what's really important to deny, and say yes when you can.
  • Don't push your child beyond his or her limits, especially when the child is tired.
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Posted: September 2010