It's the moment every parent dreads ... a toddler temper tantrum in a public place. When it comes to temper tantrums, prevention is always the best approach. But let's face it, some temper tantrums can seem to come out of nowhere. Temper tantrums are usually a response to extreme frustration and, like it or not, they are perfectly normal toddler behaviour.
So what can you do if you are faced with a temper tantrum in the mall, grocery store or anywhere else for that matter?
Ignore it - If your toddler is not getting your attention there is a good chance the tantrum will stop. Try standing a short distance away from your child and continuing to do what you are doing. Stay close enough to see your child without focusing directly on them. During this time try not speaking to your child - if you need to speak keep your voice calm and quiet.
Try to distract them - Re-direct their attention to something else. If necessary, remove your child from the situation. Some situations like a busy, noisy store may simply be too over-whelming at the time.
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