Toddlers’ Challenging Behaviors: Temper Tantrums

Toddlers’ Challenging Behaviors: Temper Tantrums

We are at that moment in the TLC semester when we focus our parent discussion time on children’s challenging behaviors. What better place to begin- temper tantrums!

We wouldn’t be surprised if there are many TLC parents anxiously waiting to learn THE way to handle temper tantrums. Apologies in advance! Similar to the majority of our parent topics, unfortunately, there is not just one way to support a child experiencing a tantrum. What we can say unequivocally, temper tantrums are a very typical and healthy part of the toddler years. And, as we will discuss in class, there certainly are many things loving caregivers can do to reduce tantrums. 

Temper tantrums are a very typical part of toddler behavior.  Research reported in Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics (6th edition, 2010) states: 

  • This behavior is common in children 18 months to 4 years of age.

  • In U.S. studies, 50% to 80% of 2- to 3-year-old children have had regular tantrums, and 20% are reported to have daily tantrums.

  • The behavior appears to peak late in the third year of life.

  • Approximately 20% of 4-year-olds are still having regular temper tantrums, and explosive temper occurs in approximately 5% of school-age children.

  • Tantrums occur equally in boys and girls during the preschool period.

In preparation for class, please review this excellent resource from The Center for Parenting Education. You will learn which factors tend to contribute to temper tantrums, why tantrums tend to be so common, and suggestions to reduce the number of tantrums. And, ALL children and their loving caregivers can benefit from these adorable picture book suggestions from Literary Hoots about temper tantrums.

As always, bring your personal experiences to share in class!