Heading Off a Tantrum

You know that your toddler’s building agitation is usually due to frustration and feeling out of control. But how do you stop it from becoming a full-blown tantrum?


Try letting him know that you understand what he’s feeling. “I know you’re upset that it’s bedtime and you want to keep playing.”

Sometimes acknowledging those feelings is all that’s needed to calm him down and move on. “Let’s have fun getting ready to go to bed. We can brush our teeth together and then read a story.”

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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