Temper Tantrums

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Temper tantrums occur when a child is tired, hungry, uncomfortable, or not feeling well, too warm, or wearing scratchy or tight clothing. It's best to try to find out what caused it so you can try to avoid the circumstances that might trigger another outburst.

Temper tantrums are found to be most common among 3-5 year old children. Boys more often than girls display temper tantrums. A number of behavioral problems are associated with temper tantrums, including thumb sucking, sleep disturbances, bed-wetting and hyperactivity.

Most children displaying temper tantrums come from families in which both the mother and father are present. Researchers suggest that one possible reason for this might be the parents' expectations and discipline methods conflict. Young children often become confused when parents use different discipline methods, their confusion can lead to frustration and temper tantrums.

Children act by parental example. If adults tend to have outbursts, children are most likely going to follow their example in handling their frustrations. Parents need to learn that they have to control themselves. They can't expect their children to control their tempers if they can't control their own.

Physiological needs also are a big part. If a child is hungry or fatigued, they are more likely to have a temper tantrum. Make sure that they child is getting enough sleep and having their meals on time. A small snack after school should also be provided. Be sure that children have plenty of opportunity to play freely outdoors.

Try not to be excessively restrictive in managing your child by setting too many unnecessary rules which tend to provoke temper outbursts. Anger and resistance are natural reactions to stop. So limit controls over your children to necessary ones.

Children prone to temper outburst require close supervision to prevent tantrums, or "head them off at the pass", early in the episode. If a child...
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