Join me as we discuss:
A listener call in question on what to do with the dreaded hissy fit!
What is the origin of tantrums and how it's very, very likely not what you think.
Three major facets of temper tantrums and the foundations to making them stop.
Regardless of whether of not this picture kinda trips you out, we all recognize what the author was trying to capture here. That parentally-dreaded explosion of doom that always seems to occur in places like Walmart or in the middle of God-and-everybody.
Believe it or not, tantrums don't actually come from your kids desire to make you want to pull your hair out, but from the desire to communicate in the one way they've known how to communicate displeasure. Now, am I saying we can let them continue to do it this way. Most certainly not!
The answer lies in teaching our kids how to handle their emotions in the way we would like to see them do it. It lies in weaning them off of the fits and fights, and into healthy expressions. It lies in sometimes learning how to meet-in-the-middle with them from time to time.