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How to Diffuse a Tantrum in 10 Seconds Flat

Posted: 04/ 3/2012 10:48 am

Written by Deborah Cruz on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

It's a hard place to be -- in public and with a toddler who is having a complete meltdown. You want to hide. You want it to stop but nothing works. Soothing is conditional at best. No one wants to be the monster caught on videotape screaming at their willful child to "Shut the f up!"

Well, now you don't have to be. Here are a few ways to stop those nasty tantrums dead in their tracks.

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Lie on the floor next to your thrashing child and mimic their behavior. If that means stomping your feet, screaming until you are red-faced or acting like a complete loon, do it. This behavior shocks them and, if you're in public, it will embarrass them as well.

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