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Explaining the mystery - tempers demystified


 - Explaining the mystery - tempers demystified
Penelope Leach - Your Baby & Child
‘A tantrum is most likely when a load of frustration – often spiked with fear or anxiety – builds up inside the toddler until she is so full of tension that only an explosion can release it,’ explains child development expert and author of Your Baby & Child, Penelope Leach (Dorling Kindersley, 1 April 2010, £18.99).

She continues: ‘While the tantrum lasts, the toddler is overwhelmed by her own internal rage; lost to the world, and terrified by the violent feelings which she cannot control.’

Put in those terms, the reasons for tantrums become understandable – age-limited communication, a baby’s understanding of her environment – but nonetheless, for mum, they can be challenging, even scary. 


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