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Toddler tantrums: are they normal?

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It's time for another edition of our Best Buddies Blog!

We all know this scene very well… We are in the supermarket trying to buy the necessary groceries, while keeping an eye on our little one running around the aisles, when suddenly their eyes open wide, and they see that amazing toy that they absolutely must have!

You say no and almost immediately all hell breaks loose! They fall on the floor, hands and feet stomping and flapping while screaming at the top of their lungs and you just know that this is going to be one major battle you are going to have to fight…

The dreaded temper tantrum has begun, and you sigh as you try to get your child to calm down, while strangers are staring and whispering behind their hands. 

So, what are tantrums? Are they normal, and how do you handle them? 

Tantrums are short, anger outbursts or unreasonable behaviour like crying, screaming, or shouting. They are common and a normal part of a child’s development. 

In a nutshell, temper tantrums happen when your kid does not get what they want, when they want it and it is their way of showing you that they are upset and unhappy about it. Tantrums generally begin when toddlers are around 18 months of age and can last up until they are three. Tantrums usually happen because your youngster does not have the vocabulary to express their feelings. When your little one starts to talk more, they will be less prone to tantrums, and they should disappear completely by the time they reach the age of 4.

As every parent has found out the hard way, the most horrible place for toddler tantrums is in public when your child starts whining, crying, screaming, yelling as well as kicking, hitting and even holding their breath! You might feel annoyed, uncomfortable, disheartened, and hopeless as your child is carrying on like a mad animal while they are going crazy in front of the milk corridor!

Tantrums might also happen when your child is:

Here are a few tips for handling a toddler tantrum:

Try to figure out why they are having a meltdown.

Are they tired or hungry? Are they jealous of you giving another child more attention? If you understand where their anger originated from, it might be a bit easier to calm them down.

Distract them.

Children have short attention spans and forget easily, so offer them something else instead or begin a new activity that replaces the frustrating or forbidden one. You can also change their surroundings by taking them inside or outside the room.

No matter what, do not give in!

If you say yes just to end the tantrum, your toddler will begin to realise that they can use this to their advantage and they will begin to manipulate their way into getting what they want! Also do not try to buy their silence with sweets or treats, again they will begin to use this against you and throw little tantrums for absolutely everything! Drop to their level and while you are holding them firmly but gently and talking to them in a clear voice, explain to them that they cannot get that toy or sweetie, but that you will do something fun over the weekend like going to the park or having an ice cream while walking along the beach.

Never panic.

It’s so easy (and understandable) to get angry or upset, but the main objective here is to remain calm. Tell yourself that this behaviour is normal, and you can handle it just like every other parent can.


Do not worry about what others might think or say while your little one is having their meltdown. You will be surprised to know that most of them go through the same thing and understand one hundred present what you are going through!

Now another great recipe to try!

Healthy baby rusks, a homemade teething biscuit recipe using sweet potato, oats & chamomile. This is a brilliant, easy to make baby food idea that is healthy and delicious.

A tip for making these is to make sure the sweet potato is quite dry before pureeing, ie drain well and leave to sit in the warm pot so that it releases more water as steam before you puree.

Healthy Baby Rusks
Teething Biscuits


-200g sweet potato
-Chamomile tea bag
-1 Cup oat flour
-2 Tbsp coconut oil, or other -light flavoured oil


Peel and chop the sweet potato 

Place into a saucepan and cover with water, add the tea bag to the water

Boil sweet potato until tender

Remove the tea bag and drain the majority of the liquid, leave a minimal amount, 1-2 tsp to help with the puréeing

Purée the sweet potato, yield should be approximately ¾ of a cup

In a bowl Add oat flour, sweet potato purée and oil
Mix with a wooden spoon or similar until a ball forms 

Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone sheet

Place the dough on the baking paper and roll to approximately 5mm thick
Take a knife and score the dough into large shapes that your baby will be able to grasp

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25mins, until firm to touch and golden on the edges


Snap the rusks along the score marks

Store in an airtight container

What Else Happened In July?

Slipper Day Friday!

Our Buddies stayed nice and warm on the 9th of July while showing off their favourite slippers! We were amazed at all the different types, from “stokies” to unicorns and all the colours of the rainbow! Even our teachers joined in the fun! 

We have moved!

We have moved and settled in very nicely at our new home away from home at 30 Oxford Street, Hout Bay. 

Our Buddies fitted right in and everybody is very happy with their new playgrounds, jungle – Gyms and classrooms. Thank you to everybody who helped us make this transition such a smooth one. 

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed our latest edition. I can’t wait to share some more amazing events, special activities or sweet memories with you about your little ones and our wonderful school!

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