As your child grows more independent, they often react strongly and with great emotion when they are not able to get what they want. Tantrums represent the pull between independence and dependence and come from the child’s own inner struggles (not because of something you did or did not do). Temper tantrums can be scary for you and your child, but they are also opportunities for teachable moments.
Tantrums are a normal part of growing up. Almost all children will experience temper tantrums before they enter kindergarten. The amount and intensity of the temper tantrums depends a lot on the child’s temperament. Intense children who don’t like change often have really big emotions that are hard for them to control. They need a little extra help and patience from their caregivers to learn how to manage their big feelings.
Although temper tantrums are part of normal development, children need to be given the tips and tools to express their strong emotions. Young children experience every emotion and need help expressing and managing them. Your child’s feelings develop before their ability to understand their emotions.
Here’s what you can do to help.
Article originally published at http://www.earlymilestones.com/twos-why-tantrums.aspx