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Taming Toddler Temper Tantrums

by |  October 13th, 2013

Oh, the dreaded tantrum.

separation-anxietyWhile we tend to think of tantrums when kids are of pre-school age, they can actually begin much earlier.

Dr. Ari Brown spoke to to share tips on how to prevent tantrums from occurring or taming them before they become full blown nightmares.

(Read Help for Toddler Temper Tantrums)


The average age for temper tantrums is between 1-4 years old. During this period, children are not only trying to exert their independence, but they also have a limited vocabulary and aren’t able to express their wants, needs and frustrations very well.

The good news…a few tips will help you get past the public tantrum.

Walk away.Try to put a few feet between yourself and your screaming toddler in full melt-down mode. (Be prepared for well-meaning adults who think your child needs to be comforted.)

Leave.Even if it means you won’t have anything for dinner, if your child throws a tantrum in the grocery store, you simply might need to leave. Sometimes pulling the pin is the best course.

An ounce of prevention.Sometimes even you can push things over the edge. For example, doing too many errands. It might be tempting to make just one more stop to pick up the dry cleaning, yet the fuse on your toddler who may be hungry/tired/bored is short. So, get the cranky toddler home and do that last errand tomorrow.


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Dr. Ari Brown is a pediatrician and a mom. Dr. Brown is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been in private practice for over 20 years. Her passion to advocate for children and educate families extends beyond the office setting. She is the co-author the bestselling "411" parenting book series including Expecting 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Pregnancy, Baby 411, and Toddler 411. Dr. Brown has received several professional awards including the Ralph Feigin, MD Award for Professional Excellence, the prestigious Profiles in Power Award by the Austin Business Journal for her service to the community, Austin's Favorite Pediatrician by Austin Family Magazine, and Texas Monthly Magazine's Super Doctor.

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