Parent's job when a four-year-old throws a tantrum

Accepting that a four-year-old's wilful behaviour is a reflection of his growing independence helps parents ride out the storms of this age with more kindness.
Accepting that a four-year-old's wilful behaviour is a reflection of his growing independence helps parents ride out the storms of this age with more kindness.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

WASHINGTON • How does one handle a sassy four-year-old?

Four-year-olds can be extraordinarily hard. They are emotional, wilful, opinionated, narcissistic and living in the moment. And that's on a good day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'Parent's job when a four-year-old throws a tantrum'. Print Edition | Subscribe