Toddlers and Tantrums

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Reviewed: 2017

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Dealing with Temper Tantrums
Two-year-olds may express their frustration or anger with a tantrum. This tip sheet by the Child Welfare Information Gate explains how parents can prevent and diffuse temper tantrums.

Temper tantrums in toddlers: How to keep the peace
Prevention is best, but knowing ways to respond to a tantrum can help. This article by the Mayo Clinic explains what adults can do to manage tantrums in young children.

Understanding Children: Temper Tantrums
This parent resource developed by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach helps parents understand the causes of temper tantrums and ways to plan ahead to help prevent them.

Understanding Children: Disciplining Your Toddler
This resource developed by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains that disciplining a toddler isn’t easy, but understanding the reasons for the behavior and keeping your goals for your toddler’s development in mind can help.

A Temper, A Tantrum
This publication by the Oklahoma State Department of Health explains that understanding why tantrums happen and knowing how to respond, helps parents reduce the number and intensity of tantrums.

Disciplining Your Toddler
Here are suggestions from KidsHealth for setting limits that will help prevent future discipline problems. (Also available in Spanish.)


Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
This foundation is dedicated to improving the social emotional development of children birth to five years old.