Tantrum or Meltdown: How to Tell the Difference and Help Your Child

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Tantrum or Meltdown: How to Tell the Difference and Help Your Child

The other day, I was part of a “robust” discussion on Facebook after someone had posted a video of a child having an apparent tantrum. A mother took a video of her daughter who was kicking, screaming, and spitting in the back seat of a car. While the child was melting down, the mom berated her for not getting the gum the girl desperately wanted. It was clear that both the parent and the child were in distress. And people had some opinions about it.

Some people thought the child was a “brat” and should be punished. Others thought the mother was exacerbating the situation. A couple of people remarked that the child, since she was not a toddler, may have some underlying issues like Sensory Processing Disorder. Still, other parents chimed in to say that,…

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