The tantrum survival guide

If you are the parent of a little human like me, I’m pretty sure within the last couple of hours – and undoubtedly within the past day or two – you will have stood in front of a shrieking, stomping little fella and felt like closing up shop and running away.

Although I’m not accustomed to carrying around a white flag, I have come close to taking the crumpled-up, snot-covered tissue out of my back pocket to wave it in the air, and surrender to the three-foot-tall monster in my midst.

Sure, there’s a part of me that can laugh at that image, but there are other emotions as well: frustration, shame, anger, guilt, and powerlessness, to name just a few. The feelings that arise in the wake of a tantrum are no joke.

I get it. I do. I studied GCSE child psychology at the tender age of 16, but I am also mum to a little boy, aged two-and-three-quarters. Did I mention I get it?

Most parents of toddlers know a thing or two about tantrums—those epic meltdowns that come out of nowhere in the most embarrassing places. Even though tantrums can be part of “normal” toddler behaviour, they are maddening, stressful, and exhausting.

What can parents do to help everyone step back and calm down? With candour and wit, Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, PhD explains the science behind why tantrums occur and what parents might unintentionally be doing to encourage them.

She offers a plan for nipping blow-ups in the bud while fostering healthy development and deeper parent–child connections. Imagine family life with equal measures of love and limits—and less drama!


The Tantrum Survival Guide is available via https://www.routledge.com/9781462529711

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