We’ve all seen it and heard it – and many of us have experienced it first-hand – a child melting down in a store or restaurant. Sometimes the cause is easy to figure out – the child is overly hungry or tired, overstimulated, or being told no. Other times the cause is much more complex.
Often people think that children’s meltdowns are efforts to manipulate and control. In many, possibly most situations, this is not the case. Young children do not even have the thought processes and brain development to be able to plan to manipulate the behavior of others.