I’m a child development expert – here’s the science approved way to stop your child's tantrum in seconds

IF you’re a parent of toddlers, you know that temper tantrums always lurk around the corner.

Many moms and dads don’t know how to anticipate or stop these tantrums, so they’re left feeling helpless with their crying baby.


One child development doctor named Dr. Kristyn Sommer, who goes by @drkristynsommer on TikTok, said there’s a scientifically proven way to stop your children from forming a scene as soon as they start.

“When your toddler is about to erupt into a screaming ball of fire because you’ve just served them dinner that they didn’t want, that they didn’t request, here is what you do.

“You offer two choices.”

As an example, the Doctor said you can ask them if they want the blue plate or the purple plate.

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“Now, why on earth does this work at getting kids to stop their tantrums in their tracks?

“Well, choices are the key to toddler power struggles.”

Just like you and me, toddlers too, don’t like to be told what to do all day every day.

“Eventually, it’s a tug of war for power.

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“So by giving your toddler choices, you give them that power.”

Whether or not the choice is nonconsequential doesn’t really matter— it’s still this illusion of choice that satisfies the toddler.

Many parents were excited about the tip:

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“I just used this, and it worked perfectly! He wanted ice cream for breakfast, so I offered cereal or Up & Go and he was happy,” one viewer commented.

“I always offer a small choice. Toddlers love to feel like they are in control and learning how to be their own person,” added another.


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