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What is the first step in diffusing a child's temper tantrum?

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The first step in diffusing a child's temper tantrum is to keep your own temper in check. You're not going to get anywhere with your child if both of you are screaming at each other. Take a deep breath, gain control over your emotions, and then discipline your child by calmly but firmly letting him know that tantrums are not acceptable behavior.

From: How to Handle a Temper Tantrum WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/18/2018

SOURCES:

National Association of School Psychologists: "Temper Tantrums: Guidelines for Parents."

KidsHealth: "Temper Tantrums."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Temper Tantrums."

University of Virginia Health System: "Temper Tantrums."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Association of School Psychologists: "Temper Tantrums: Guidelines for Parents."

KidsHealth: "Temper Tantrums."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Temper Tantrums."

University of Virginia Health System: "Temper Tantrums."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

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