Tantrums happen when children are overwhelmed by strong feelings and lose control of their emotions and behaviour. They mostly happen in toddlers and are a normal and necessary part of their development.
When a tantrum happens, it is important to stay with your child and help them calm down. Your child will gradually learn to manage their own feelings and learn the behaviour that is expected.
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This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.