It might be tempting to give your toddler a smartphone or tablet to help them calm down, but a study finds that could actually make a tantrum worse.
Brigham Young University researchers looked at toddlers ages two to three, and found that toddlers who were used to being given electronic media to prevent a tantrum had more extreme emotions when that media was taken away. Researchers advise parents to avoid using smartphones or tablets as their main strategy to curb tantrums, as giving them time and again just can make the child’s reaction to having it taken away worse and worse.
Instead, they advise taking the child aside and teaching them to manage their problematic emotions, so that they learn to regulate their emotions on their own over time. (Daily Mail)