'Why is my child suddenly throwing tantrums?'

PP's resident child psychologist helps with this tricky phase...

Child psychologist / July 12 2016

A. Toddlers can change as they develop through phases and become more aware of the world around them. At this stage your daughter learns best by mimicking and she has now learnt how to copy other adults and toddlers. Firstly, over-praise any happiness, smiley faces, and nice sharing. Also practice sharing and finishing or changing activities at home. Initially, just ignore crying. If this doesn’t work, be consistent in management and explain that crying just doesn’t work. Don’t give in to the tantrums, though. Be confident and firm, even if this means tantrums escalating.