Health Tip: Dealing With Temper Tantrums

How to avoid emotional outbursts

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(HealthDay News) -- When some young children become frustrated, they throw temper tantrums.

To help a child learn to deal with his or her emotions in a healthier way, follow these suggestions from the Nemours Foundation:

  • Help your child express what he's feeling and why. Have a conversation with him, instead of an argument. Praise your child for talking calmly about what's making him angry.
  • Encourage your child to walk away from a situation when he is angry, and allow him to spend some time alone to calm down.
  • Give your child other methods of expressing his anger -- let him write or draw what he is feeling.
  • Have your child perform another activity that can help take his mind off of what's made him angry. Have him run around outside, dance around the bedroom, or do a few cartwheels.


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