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A child can lose their temper and throw a tantrum for lots of reasons. Try and eliminate some of those reasons before they happen with these tips:
1. Give your child some control over their own life by involving them in decisions where you can. Give them a choice where possible - for example "red or green towel" to get them out of the bath. Also, they might rise to a challenge like "I bet you can't get into your pyjamas in less than thirty seconds". They will feel in control.
2. If you see a tantrum coming on, think of ways to distract your child from the thing that's beginning to upset them. Point to something interesting, or have a favourite toy on standby. Or you could set them a little activity like spotting red cars out of the bus window.
3. Give them reasonable attention - nobody likes to be ignored. Keep them involved by telling them what you are up to and what you are going to do next.
4. Keep it quick. Young children don't have long attention spans, and they may get over-tired, over-hungry or thirsty.
If you would like to read more, there is some useful advice on Toddlers and Tantrums from the ISPCC here.
Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life.
Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.
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