how to manage tantrums

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

#8: How to Manage Tantrums & Meltdowns

with Diane Goyette


Tantrums can be very triggering, leaving us feeling bewildered, impatient, overwhelmed, helpless, and ready to throw in the towel on this whole parenting thing. But there’s a way that we can understand and manage tantrums and meltdowns that may bring some relief to both us and our child.

diane goyette early childhood specialist

In this episode, I talk to Diane Goyette. Diane is the owner of Early Childhood Specialties, where she supports teaching professionals through keynotes and conference speaking, training, and children’s books and toys. With more than 30 years of experience in early childhood education, her number one goal is to help adults and children connect and thrive! Diane shares her insights on tantrums – why they happen, what they mean, and how you can respond to turn the moment into one of connection with your child.

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [02:28] What causes tantrums
  • [04:28] What’s happening developmentally at ages 2-3
  • [06:37] The best way to respond in these moments
  • [11:18] Should you distract your child during a tantrum?
  • [15:59] How to discuss the big emotions
  • [21:38] Meltdowns in public
  • [25:53] Encouragement for those in the thick of it

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Diane helped me create this free resource, How to Manage Meltdowns. Click here to download a copy.

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