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My twins are too physical with each other!
Q: Whenever my 16-month-old twins are out together, they throw dramatic temper tantrums and get physical with each other. It’s so bad I can’t finish grocery shopping or errands. Typically, these outbreaks happen because they want something or they’re competing with each other. Any advice on how I can teach them to behave in public?
Michelle Jacksonville
A: At your kids’ age you should expect temper tantrums and plenty of them. Kids this young have such a low threshold for frustration that they melt down when things don’t go their way.

Because of your boys’ age, you can’t leave them for any length of time without an adult supervising and intervening when necessary. Nor do I think it’s possible to shop without another adult being present to help you out. Ask a neighbor or relative to watch the children when you shop, or bring another adult along with you.

For more ideas on how to survive and enjoy this stage read “What To Expect the Toddler Years” by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff and Sandee E. Hathaway.

Kenneth N. Condrell Ph.D Child Psychologist