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Tantrums, and Meltdowns, and Outbursts, Oh My!}
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Self-Control, Cooperation

Tantrums, and Meltdowns, and Outbursts, Oh My!

Independence is a great quality for your child to have, and he may, at this age, start imitating adults and older children. But when his independence conflicts with safety or your rules, frustration or a power struggle can happen, leading to the dreaded meltdown. It's important for you to stay calm and patient during these occasions, and try to redirect or distract your child from his frustration. If that doesn't work, try a brief time out, not as a punishment but to give him a chance calm down. Then, you can discuss solutions to the source of his frustration, and he will gradually learn to do this on his own.

Has your child achieved the following Self-Control and Cooperation developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all the skill(s) he has already mastered to date!

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.