Dealing with Tantrums

Just why do toddlers throw tantrums?


We’ve all seen them, our children have done them, hec, we did them when we were their age….throw a tantrum that is. You could almost say that throwing a temper tantrum is a passage of toddlerhood. Dr. Saul Greenberg, Pediatrician with The Hospital for Sick Children explains just what toddler tantrums are all about. “Most of the time we see it developing between 18 months and two years of age. That’s the peak of temper tantrums. Temper tantrums are probably a sign of frustration and a desire for independence by many babies. If they want to get their way they cannot discuss it with a parent, they cannot communicate with them, so the only means that they have is by physical means of either throwing themselves on the floor and trying to get their parents attention one way or another. It’s important for parents to try and give their children at that age alternative choices, or you have to ignore those tempter tantrums.”

The Parent Report’s Expert guest is Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children.

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