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10 Ways to Deal with Temper Tantrums

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Get Silly


If you need to cut a tantrum short, try saying something silly to your child or making a ridiculous face at him. A particularly headstrong toddler will try to maintain his anger, but it won't be easy. Although your toddler may not want to let go of his anger yet, he can't laugh and have a tantrum at the same time.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parenting a Preschooler and Toddler, Too © 1997 by Keith M. Boyd, M.D., and Kevin Osborn. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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