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  1. Ruina Opina says:

    Thank you for this post. I always try to reconnect with my daughter, but now I will start using the “cleaning out the bad stuff” line! She will love the whole concept of using bandaids!

  2. Dr. Kernan says:

    This is a beautiful post and hits on the importance of helping resolve the underlying issue and helping to prevent future tantrums. I’m a child therapist and I’d love to incorporate this into my practice. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for your article on heart boo boos. After a particularly terrible day of tantrums (Seriously, I cant pick what is going to be next) my daughter, nearly 3, and i have big heart booboos today, mine bigger! I don’t know how i found your site, but it is totally speaking to me and i love this analogy of the heart boo boos. I always struggle to explain to my children in a way they can understand and i will definitely be doing this after the next tantrum. So thank you, I just subscribed!

  4. Never give your child what they always want to cut off their bad habit,

  5. Wow! What a powerful post. I’ll be using this approach with my children from now on.

  6. A great post and thank you it does help especially as we are going through the temper tantrums quite a lot recently. We have started acknowledging feelings but this will now be the next step up so will definitely use your ideas. Thank you!

  7. Diep Nguyen says:

    Hi Kelly, I know this post is a couple of years old, but I’m a mom of 4 also and still found myself Googling, “how to handle toddler tantrums” that landed me on your page. I read a couple of your posts but this post in particular helped put the calm back into view. I really appreciate your honesty and totally agree that parenting is hard. I don’t have a large group of mom-friends, but the ones that I do have, would never admit to the demanding nature of parenthood and how much it can wear you out sometimes. So it’s refreshing to finally read from another mom that offers clear, precise, and honest advice from your own personal experience. I commend you for being open and sharing your experiences and concrete advice. Now excuse me, I have to go read every post you’ve ever written.