Who: Most commonly boys and girls between the ages of one and four years.
What: the TEMPER TANTRUM! An unplanned expression of anger, they range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. In some cases the child may pound their legs and hands and head on the ground.
When: Temper tantrums strike at any given moment. Many situations can trigger a temper tantrum like nap time, bath time, the end of TV time, clean up time, getting dressed, getting undressed, dinner time, when they hear that words: “no”, “stop”, or “wait”.
Where: At home, in daycare, in the car, and even at the grocery store. It seems like the worst temper tantrums always take place in public places, in front of lots of people. They can be loud and very embarrassing.
Why: Several basic causes of tantrums are familiar to parents everywhere: The child is tired, hungry, uncomfortable, or feeling helpless. In addition, tantrums are often the result of kids’ frustration with the world — because they can’t get their way. Children may also throw tantrums to get an adult’s attention, to get their own way, to hurt back if they feel hurt, or to get others to leave them alone.
What you can do about it:
Mesa School district offers a free parenting class thru Parent University: Taming Your Toddler with Jill Davis Tues., Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 2010 at 6:30—8:30 pm. Located at: Curriculum Service Center, Rm. 131 549 N. Stapley, Mesa 85203. Jill uses examples, humor and kindness to teach skills needed to cope better with your toddler. In this class discipline, temper tantrums, “meltdowns”, eating, sleep issues, playfulness, temperaments, teamwork and toilet training will be covered. For registation information click here.