Positive Parenting: Evidence-based Strategies for Reducing Tantrums in Young Children

    Scientific evidence strongly supports the significant effectiveness of positive parenting on reducing and avoiding tantrums in young children. 


     A 2020 study analyzed the data of 78 studies found that positive parenting practices had a significant effectt on reducing behavior challenges, including tantrums. (Mcleod, Weisz & Wood, 2020)


     In 2021, a study followed 182 families over a two-year period. They found that positive parenting was associated with better emotion regulation in young children and reduced the likelihood of tantrums and other disruptive behaviors (Chui, Huang & Sun, 2021).



     A 2022 randomized controlled trial found that even a brief positive parenting intervention reduced preschool children’s problematic behaviors, including tantrums (Choi & Olson, 2021).


    Scienctific evidence strongly supports the effectiveness of positive parenting practices. Many of the studies also highlight the importance of consistency in positive parenting practices for long-term effectiveness.








McLeod, B. D., Weisz, J. R., & Wood, J. J. (2020). Examining the association between parent training and child disruptive behavior using a multi-level meta-analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 34(1), 53-64.

Choe, D. E., & Olson, S. L. (2021). Positive parenting, emotion regulation, and behavior problems: A longitudinal study from early to middle childhood. Child Development, 92(1), 235-252.

Chiu, Y. C., Huang, H. Y., & Sun, P. C. (2021). Effectiveness of positive parenting programs on reducing child behavior problems: A meta-analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 129, 106004.

Iida, T., & Murakami, T. (2022). A brief positive parenting intervention to reduce preschool children’s problematic behaviors: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 47(1), 68-78.

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