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  • Showing ‘big feelings’ (having tantrums) is a normal part of development for young children.
  • The only way a young child can express their needs and wants is through their feelings.
  • It is important for adults to help children through their big feelings, with acceptance of and naming the feeling for the child, and calming support for the adult.
  • As the cortex (thinking part of the brain) develops, children are able to learn and implement more effective ways to deal with emotional distress.

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Reviewed on: 02-11-2022