Toddler Tantrums: Do Distraction Tactics Work?

cl-julzlady doesn't accept tantrums, either. "I can't give into tantrums because I can't let my child have his way after such bad behavior. I remind Quinn all the time that screaming and whining are the only ways he can be sure to not get what he wants."

Newman 65 says, "Luckily, my child is rather low-maintenance in this regard. Every now and then, however, she does exhibit a bit of what we call 'Sarah Bernhardt syndrome.' She'll go off and pout with a 'sniff, sniff' -- it probably doesn't help that her mom's a drama teacher, huh? We are usually pretty casual about telling her to knock it off. In the event that she's having a real fit, we'll deal with her in a more patient and responsive way."

Tuckersboys has her own ways of dealing with her kids' tantrums: "Leave the child with my husband while I go out to a movie -- with or without a stop for a Corona. Lock myself in the bathroom and take a long bath. Or get down on the floor and join him.

"Seriously though, with my oldest child, I became really good at anticipating his tantrums and diverting his attention so as to lessen the blow. On the other hand, my youngest has them at the drop of a hat. I found that the best method for dealing with them was this: When he is in the beginning stages of a fit (but before he's gotten himself really worked up) I scoop him up on my lap, gently rock him, and acknowledge how he is feeling. He inevitably begins to calm down, and in a matter of minutes is fine."

Sure, temper tantrums are an inevitable part of childhood, and the methods that calm a fit are often tailor-made for each child's personality. With a little creativity and a lot of trial and error, moms and dads are tackling the temper tantrum routine with lots of love and a serious sense of humor. 

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