Taming Trouble: Discipline and Manners for Your Preschooler
7 tips for parents to help preschoolers master manners.
No. 7: Know when to walk away.
Temper tantrums are a child's way of blowing off steam and communicating their frustration, Brown says.
If you respond to them, then you validate that behavior. Because the child learns that if he has a tantrum, then he'll get mom and dad's attention or what he wants. But if you ignore them, you will see them gradually subside.
And don't engage if you feel like your child is pushing your buttons.
"If you're feeling frustrated, walk away," Brown says. "You want to show your child that even when you're frustrated or upset, you can respond calmly. That speaks volumes for teaching them appropriate behaviors."