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Controlling your child's temper tantrums

Also tonight, Researchers are going where no parent wants to go, which is inside the head of a toddler in the midst of a meltdown. This comes from the journal "Emotion".

Researchers say when it comes to the typical temper tantrum, it doesn't matter how long it lasts. They all come in a pattern of three phases.

  • Phase One-The anger phase.  That's when the child begins yelling and screaming.
  • Phase two- The physical phase.  This phase involves the child throwing something.
  • Phase Three- The sadness phase.  This phase comes with crying and whining.

According to the study, the trick is to get a child from the anger to the sadness phase without the physical one in the middle.  That's because as soon as they're sad, they're ready to reach out to you for comfort.  How do you get them sad quickly? The answer, according to the study, is ignore the tantrum.

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