They always happen at the most inconvenient times. In fact, you can almost always count on it happening in public when you are in a big rush or at the most unsavoury of moments, on a plane full of people.
Sometimes there isn’t even a warning, one moment everything is fine and the next you have a full meltdown on your hands; the limp body dramatically dropping to the floor, the arched back accompanied by ear piercing screams, and what is a tantrum without the glaring eyes of strangers?
This will be all too familiar if you’ve ever experienced a temper tantrum of which if you have not, I am both jealous and surprised. Even the most well behaved child will have their moments because tantrums often come from a place of frustration, not necessarily misbehaviour.
Understanding why children have temper tantrums can help parents better understand how to deal with them. These impulses of erratic emotions are most common between the ages of 1 and 4 and stem from a child’s inability to express their emotions and needs, as well as their inability to control their surroundings and environment. It can be tough for our little ones, so knowing which one of these triggers is causing the tantrum can be a good indicator for which approach to take when it comes to diffusing it.