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What causes temper tantrums in kids?

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In brief: See below

Temper tantrums are an immature response to anger and frustration.
Children may respond this way when they have limits placed on a particular behavior.

In brief: See below

Temper tantrums are an immature response to anger and frustration.
Children may respond this way when they have limits placed on a particular behavior.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Patricia Foster
or when they have no limits and have learned tantrums work:)
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Frustration

Temper tantrums are an "acting out" behavior - meaning that the child directly "acts out" feelings b/c he lacks the ability to say what is bothering him. If the child could explain what his feelings and conflicts are, and if a parent were available to listen and help, then the need for tantrums would be reduced.
The best treatment for tantrums is help kids learn to talk about their feelings!

In brief: Frustration

Temper tantrums are an "acting out" behavior - meaning that the child directly "acts out" feelings b/c he lacks the ability to say what is bothering him. If the child could explain what his feelings and conflicts are, and if a parent were available to listen and help, then the need for tantrums would be reduced.
The best treatment for tantrums is help kids learn to talk about their feelings!
Dr. Seth Kunen
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: From ~18 mos. kids

Can respond to time-out & learn self-calming skills, if they are neurotypical.
As they develop language, they can learn to use their words. Discipline = teaching. They can learn, "it's ok to be angry, but it's not okay to ...." then teach what is ok when angry, i.e., how to express it & how to deal with their feelings. Only by ignoring tantrums-t.O. Without talking -can you " make them" go away.

In brief: From ~18 mos. kids

Can respond to time-out & learn self-calming skills, if they are neurotypical.
As they develop language, they can learn to use their words. Discipline = teaching. They can learn, "it's ok to be angry, but it's not okay to ...." then teach what is ok when angry, i.e., how to express it & how to deal with their feelings. Only by ignoring tantrums-t.O. Without talking -can you " make them" go away.
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