Toddlers are brilliant little people who provide so much joy and love, but they can also be very, very challenging. In fact, if you’re a parent to a toddler, chances are life can feel a bit like a war zone at times with tantrums unleashing on the reg, sometimes over what seems like the most inconsequential things.
We chatted to parenting educator Maggie Dent about these toddler meltdowns, and she had these very helpful tantrum facts to share with mums and dads.
Tantrums are usually caused by 'unmet needs'
“It’s quite often [caused by] a combination of unmet needs,” parenting educator Maggie Dent explains.
“So they may not have slept that day and then they have also been struggling with a very loud sibling who seems to be getting a lot more connection with the parents than they are. There’s a little bit of jealousy going on … and then of course on top of that, they want the toy!”
Pinpointing the reason for a child’s tantrum can help parents to feel more in control of their response.