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Toddlerhood is filled with magical moments. As your child learns to navigate the world, she will delight you with her insights. And chances are, she will also test you when things don't go her way. Particularly when things don't go her way in the middle of a very crowded, public place. Then, your little angel will show the world how loud she can scream. This is known as a "temper tantrum," and there is a reason that very phrase can make even the most calm parents shudder. Here, the parents of Parent Soup share their best advice on dealing with the inevitable toddler temper tantrum.
"My daughter is 21 months old and is prone to throwing herself down on the ground and screaming and kicking. I just let her ride it out. I reassure her calmly and quietly that I am there for her verbally, but I let her have her fit. I find that it passes much more quickly than if I react to her. It seems she wants me to have a reaction, so I just don't. She is very strong-willed and knows what she wants and doesn't want. I want to foster that in her, but do not want to reinforce this behavior. Also, if she is having a tantrum because of something I want or do not want her to do, I make sure that I 'win' if it is important. If I give in to her, she will learn that this unacceptable behavior will help her get her way whenever and wherever she wants."
"I have a two-year-old daughter who has terrible tantrums. I just let her be when she exhibits this behavior. When she is finished, she comes up to me and says, 'I'm done now Mommy!' and gives me a big hug."