Distractions to prevent temper tantrums

You may be able to prevent some temper tantrums by removing breakable or valuable possessions from your child's reach. This helps decrease the number of times you need to say "no" to your child. In addition, you may be able to prevent a tantrum from occurring by:

  • Distracting your child or redirecting his or her attention when you notice that your child is becoming frustrated. Young children often are not aware of their mounting frustration.
  • Removing your child from situations that are likely to trigger a temper tantrum. Young children often are not aware that certain situations are too much for them to handle. The excitement and activity of certain situations, such as a large family dinner or the lights and noise of a carnival, may trigger a temper tantrum.

Last Updated: November 20, 2008

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