Tantrums are a very normal part of child development. They’re how young children show that they’re upset or frustrated. Tantrums commonly appear during the second year of life when language skills are just starting to develop. Toddlers can’t yet say what they want, feel, or need, causing frustration that may lead to a tantrum.

Those first meltdowns, especially when they happen in public, can surprise even the most relaxed and confident parent.

For more about why temper tantrums happen, how to best deal with them, and signs when they may become concerning, take a look at Toddler Tantrums: What to do when your child has a meltdown.

Head to our Child Development page for more information about your child’s development and typical milestones.

If you have concerns about your child’s behavior and/or development please reach out to their pediatrician or consider contacting Gateways Community Services for developmental screenings and support.