It's hard for a young child to hold strong feelings inside. Young children often cry, scream, or stomp up and down when they are upset. As a parent, you may feel angry, helpless, or ashamed.

Temper tantrums are normal. They are one way a child learns self-control. Almost all children have tantrums between the ages of 1 and 3. By age 4, they usually stop.

Try these tips when your child has a temper tantrum:

The following things are not OK. Don't ignore these actions:

If your child does these things, take him or her away from the problem. Hold your child. Say firmly, “No hitting” or “No throwing” to make sure your child knows what behavior is not OK.

Never punish your child for temper tantrums. Your child may start to keep feelings inside, which is worse.

Don't give in to your child's demands just to stop a tantrum....

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