Meltdown in Aisle 3! From Time-Outs to Talk-It-Outs, 19 Proven Ways to Stop Temper Tantrums

Few things can make you feel more helpless as a parent than facing a kid having a full-scale meltdown. To help, here are 19 smart ways to stop a tantrum -- one of them is bound to work (20 Photos)

Jenna McCarthy and Sally Farhat Kassab on Oct 2, 2012 at 2:29PM

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What to Know: As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It's far easier to head off a tantrum than to try to stop one once it starts.

What to Do:
Make a point of talking about your expectations before you find yourself in a tantrum-provoking situation. If your child tends to lose it in the grocery store when he sees the candy in the check-out aisle, remind him before you even get out of the car that candy is out of the question, says board certified behavior analyst Kelly Sheehan, M.Ed. Keep your words simple and clear: "We cannot buy candy today, but we have crackers in the car for snack." Bring it up again in the store just before you hit that candy display. "Remember, honey, we have crackers in the car. No candy today." Setting clear expectations will help limit requests for items that he can't have, Sheehan adds.

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