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Tantrums often happen because kids find it challenging to manage their frustrations. A parent's job is to help her child control or regulate his emotions.
Saab Magalona-Bacarroshared footage of 2-year-old Vito losing his temper over his toy. Saab quickly but calmly called out Vito's behavior, telling her son he was having "bad energy." (Notice she did not say he was being bad.)
She then shares her most important tip when dealing with tantrums: encourage the toddler to use their words when expressing themselves.
"I encourage Vito to use his words so that he can communicate better," Saab says.
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Saab patiently teaches Vito how he can express what he wants and what words to use before handing him the toy. Two things we picked up from Saab: (1) approach the situation calmly and (2) help them express their frustration better through words.
In the same vlog, Saab shared some behind-the-scenes from their photoshoot for the Smart Parenting digital cover. The Bacarro family definitely rocked it, right?
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Check out the rest of the photos of the ever-cute Bacarro siblings Pancho and Vito here.