Tantrum: n. being uncontrolled transiently loud and angry and frequently causing frustration in the parents of offspring since offspring mostly do such behavior


Occasionally an adult may do a tantrum but most temper tantrums are performed by young offspring who by being angry and loud and physically resistant can sometimes get their parents to cater to their usually unacceptable wishes or desires.


Whenever my very young son would do a tantrum in the supermarket or store, I would just take him physically out to the car until the tantrum died down. Then I would return to the store warning him not to do that again.


Traditionally hitting young offspring was accepted punishing behavior for doing a tantrum but what this often resulted in was a switch to crying from the punishment. Today, time out or physically removing the offspring from the scene, is the more appropriate way of handling the situation.

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