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11 Clever Ways To Keep Your Cool With A Toddler

11 ways to keep your cool during your toddler’s temper tantrums.
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Tantrums may be normal—except you're feeling anything but. Relax and enjoy this lighthearted list for minimizing meltdowns.

  1. Forget bribing him—bribe yourself: no yelling, and you get a piece of chocolate. Make that two pieces.
  2. Mention whatever behavior's making you nuts to your pediatrician who, guaranteed, has heard 10 times worse.
  3. Count backward from 10…
  4. …in Spanish…
  5. …which will make you think of your honeymoon in Mexico, where this (mostly) sweet child was conceived. See? Better.
  6. Make like a game show and phone a friend. Preferably one with at least one more child than you have.
  7. Place your child in a safe place and duck into the bathroom for a 30-second breather. Splash your face with water. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Stretch your backbone, and get right back out there.
  8. Talk caveman right back to your toddler: "CARSON IS MAD. MAD, MAD, MAD. BUT MOMMY SAYS NO. NO, NO, NO ELMO DVD." Will it work? Maybe. Will you feel ridiculous enough to laugh? YES, YES, YES!
  9. Let something else do the talking for you: A puppet, a stuffed penguin, a potholder. Heaven knows a potholder isn't going to curse.
  10. Imagine how your mother must have felt when you pulled the same kind of tantrum. Silently thank her, enjoy two seconds of perspective, and move on.
  11. Remember that tantrums are temporary. Sure, they may feel never-ending right now, but in five minutes, you’ll be snuggling with your toddler, reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the umpteenth time, wondering what all the fuss was about.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 18reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Not all of these work. My 7 yr old still has very bad temper tantrums. I've tried everything to calm him down but the Dr said it's because of the fact he has the mentallity of a 3 yr old (he has Cerebral Palsy). My 4 yr old also has bad tempter tantrums only because she sees my son doing it. Monkey see, monkey do. I'm sooo glad my 3 yr old stopped having tantrums... September 23, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This article reminded me what I did with my own children.This was great to have a refresher or reminder of what you should do with temper tantrums. March 29, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Best advice! This is very helpful for me and my terrible two. July 25, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Printing it out and putting it on my fridge lol, this is a much needed piece of paper haha May 23, 2013
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