Rare is the child who makes it through childhood without ever throwing a temper tantrum. Some kids only lose it occasionally, while others are seemingly set off by the smallest thing and will kick and scream and yell and cry for what seems like hours. As a parent, tantrums can be extremely frustrating because there's seemingly nothing you can do to stop them.
We've consulted with a number of parents to bring you this handy list of ways to stop a tantrum dead in its tracks. The mileage you get from these techniques may vary, but hopefully there's at least something in here that will provide relief.
Leave the Room
Parents tend to want to cater to their children when they're upset. The problem with this is it's exactly what the kids want. A child who learns a temper tantrum will get him or her cuddles and soft words from mom and/or dad is likely to throw tantrums just to get this special attention. Instead of catering to a child throwing a temper tantrum, learn to walk away and let the child work things out on their own. This allows the child time to work through their emotions and may be just what you need to stop a tantrum dead in its tracks. If walking away doesn't work after a few minutes, it probably isn't going to work.
Remove the Child From the Situation
Here's a quick and easy way to get a child to calm down. Remove them from the area where they're throwing the temper tantrum. When my kids throw a tantrum, they get sent to their room until they calm down. It's tough to throw a tantrum when there isn't an audience present. I don't let them come back to where the rest of the family is until they've stopped crying and are ready to talk. This technique alone has stopped many a tantrum dead in its tracks.