Your child's screams and yells can be alarming. You may feel angry, discouraged and hopeless.You will almost certainly be embarrassed if a tantrum occurs in a public place or in front of other people.
It is not easy being a parent or carer of a toddler. However it is important to set the rules, so your child learns to deal with their emotions.
Remember, it is only natural that children will try to push the limits. Here are some ideas which may work for you and your child:
The main thing to do is to stay calm and not to get upset. Just remind yourself that this is normal, that lots of parents do deal with it, be reassured that you will manage this too.
Ignore the tantrum
You should calmly continue with whatever you are doing - chatting to someone else, packing your shopping or whatever. Every so often check to make sure your child is safe. Ignoring your child is very hard, but if you answer back, or even smack them, you are giving them the attention they are demanding.
Be consistent with rules
You are trying to teach your child that rules are important and that you will stick to them.
Pay attention to any good behaviour
As soon as you see any signs of calming down, e.g. they stop screaming, praise them. Turn your full attention back to the child, talk to them with warmth and admiration. If you reward the new behaviour like this, your child is more likely to stay calm and carry on being good.