Identify the trigger
Global parenting expert, Jo Frost explains that there are about eight to 10 common triggers that set most toddlers off on a tantrum, including under/over stimulation, being tired, blood sugar levels, craving independence, fear/anxiety, sensitivity, wanting to get their own way, being forced to share, and “just because.” Once you figure out what your child’s trigger is, it’s easier to try to talk to your child and to be prepared when entering situations where they might arise (i.e. toy store, restaurant, etc.). Here are 15 healthy snacks that could help head off a tantrum.
Know your child
Some kids are laid-back while others are definitely more high-maintenance. Knowing how your child reacts in certain situations will help prepare you when entering a possible trigger situation. And remember, even the best behaved child can still have tantrums.
According to Frost, “The key to prevention (of tantrums) is assertiveness. To be in tune with your children so that you can identify what type of tantrum they are having.” Frost says there are three distinct types of tantrums: the mock, the emotional, and the situational.