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With my guy, I just stay near and calm and reflect what I am seeing. "Wow, you seem really frustrated. Your eyes are filled with tears and you are stomping your feet. It's OK to feel upset, you will be OK. Sometimes it helps to take a deep breath." Model breathing. Once he calls a bit I try and show him what might help him meet his need, like "You really wanted some little bunnies. Sometimes it helps to open the flap, or ...point to the bunnies to show mama what you want... or whatever." Me staying calm and talking calmly about what's going on often helps him resolve the tantrum.
I also just let my LO know that I'm right here when you want a hug. Try to notice when the tantrums occur. DD it's really only when she's exhausted. And sometimes that's the first sign so there's no way to prevent it.
I think learning your own calming strategies will help you cope and that will help your LO cope.
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