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9 things parents can say to defuse a meltdown with compassion.

It's all based on science and the way children's brains develop.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

This article originally appeared on 07.21.17


When your toddler has a meltdown, it's perfectly natural to want to fly off the handle.

There's nothing more infuriating than a small human repeatedly demanding something that's physically impossible for you to give them, or wailing because you had to punish them after repeatedly telling them to knock it off.

"I CREATED YOU, YOU LITTLE MONSTER. I CAN DESTROY YOU," you might want to say (though you never would). You love your kids — of course you do — but damn if they aren't the best at pushing you to your breaking point.

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