Gretchen Rubin brings us a necessary list of tips to help us deal with those moments in life when our children decide they’ve had all they can stand, and they can’t stand any more.

The secret is to acknowledge the reality of children’s wishes. This sounds obvious, but think about how easy it is to deny their feelings: “You can’t possibly want another Lego set, you never play with the ones you have.” “That toy is just junk.” “You can’t be hungry, you just had dinner.” “Of course you want to go, you love going to Grandpa’s house.” “You’re not scared of clowns.”

I’m not saying YOUR kids have tantrums. Yours are probably perfect. But maybe you can pass this on.

7 Tips for Defusing a Child’s Tantrums — [Happiness Project]

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