I've heard and read different strategies for when your child is having a meltdown or a total tantrum. DD is almost 16 months old, so I'm not talking about an older child that you could possibly reason with. The situation I'm talking about is a toddler that wants something, wants it now and will scream, cry, bite or hit out of frustration. Mind you, dd is not like this all the time, I just want to get an idea of what things work for you. I want to start setting a good precedent now before things get out of control. Anyway....
Some books suggest that you should calmly talk to the child, restrain them, if necessary, and wait for the tantrum to subside.
Some advocate walking away and coming back when the child calms down.
Some advocate re-affirming what the child wants, but explaining why he/she can't have it or do it and not offer any substitutes.
Some advocate distraction
Some suggest that you should Firmly say why child can't have X
Some suggest letting the child do the activity, so long as it doesn't harm them, or someone around them?
Sooooooo, what types of tactics do you use. One, all, a combination?
Anything else that I missed?