We’ve all heard it. The Terrible Twos, the Trying Threes. Those dreaded years when you’re just not quite sure how your child may react to certain things and taking them out in public is sometimes a guessing game. Why do toddlers throw tantrums anyway?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most toddlers throw tantrums because they’re frustrated. They know what they want or need, but they’re unable to communicate it. This leaves them frustrated! I mean think about it. If you were hungry and couldn’t figure out how to tell someone, it would be pretty frustrating. The AAP also notes that tantrum throwing tends to peak around the same time as language development, which makes complete sense if you think about it. We use our words to communicate our needs. They know what they need, but they can’t quite communicate it in an effective way. Then as language develops and communication increases, tantrums decrease (yes, there are definitely outliers to this logic).
But in the meantime, how does a Momma deal? I remember sitting in one of our Earn While You Learn classes with a client. The topic was tantrums, and boy was it a good one. I remember the instructor saying that we should EXPECT tantrums. That’s how normal they are. I won’t spoil the rest of the class for you because it’s totally worth your time to come in and take it.
Call us today and ask for 1-2-3 Discipline! You won’t regret it!