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Dealing with your toddler's temper tantrum

The next time your kid throws a fit in public while you are traveling around Door County, take the advice of one of their favorite cartoons and let it go. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a person’s brain is not fully developed until their 20s with some skills like judgment and decision-making not complete until later. That means when toddlers are having a temper tantrum, it is because they simply do not have the skills yet to manage their emotions because their brains have not fully developed. Door County UW-Extension Family Relationships Educator Tenley Koehler says it can be tough to let your child cry it out, especially since it is not necessarily how our parents handled us growing up.

Koehler recommends riding the tantrum out and then having a really good conversation with your child about their feelings and how they can approach the situation differently the next time.

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