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Q: How to help a 4-year-old through her violent tantrum?

Submitted by Rita Brhel on 10 February 2022

Q: My 4-year-old child has a very low tolerance for frustration; seemingly anything can set off a tantrum. These aren't just any tantrums, as she actively tries to hurt anyone in the vicinity by biting, kicking, and hitting or she throws and breaks things. I remember being the same way as a child, going from calm to explosive instantly and over small things. I want to teach my daughter better coping skills. I feel I am helping her identify when she is starting to feel angry, but once she begins raging, there's no stopping it.

Q: How to deal with a 2-year-old's tactile curiosity?

Submitted by Rita Brhel on 17 February 2022

Q: My 2-year-old gets into everything! I am trying to be patient, but it's frustrating. Yesterday, she dug her hands into a plant in the living room and got dirt everywhere. What can I do?

A: I know this age can be very trying. Remember to be patient with yourself as well. Two-year-olds are learning so much about the world around them. They are mobile and quickly developing language. They want to interact with everything in their environment. This is normal.