4 Do’s and Don’ts When Your Child Has Tantrums*

Dad calming child after tantrums

Reading time: 5 mins

Suitable for: Families of younger children

*Did you notice the star in this title? We've added an asterisk to the word "tantrum" because that's the word we often use to describe big sudden bursts of anger and frustration. But it's not the most helpful word.

Instead of thinking of it as "throwing a tantrum", see this as a sign that your child can't manage their emotions and needs your support.

Your child feels overwhelmed by these big emotions. This is called dysregulation. They might scream and shout, roll on the floor, kick out, or throw and push things over. It's common to see this among young children, often starting at around 18 months and usually becoming less frequent by the age of 4.

Why does this happen?

Your child feels dysregulated because they can’t say what they want,


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