Ditching a Fit: Can you tame a temper tantrum?
by Staff
Temper tantrums are a normal, healthy part of childhood development, and understanding what brings them on can make them easier to tame. But don't wait until the clouds roll in to test how well you can minimize a meltdown. Take this temper tantrum quiz to prepare for the inevitable outburst.

How long does the average temper tantrum last?

  • 3 minutes
  • 13 minutes
  • 30 minutes

At what age do temper tantrums peak?

  • 2 years old
  • 3 years old
  • 4 years old

An estimated 91 percent of 2-year-olds have temper tantrums how often?

  • once a month
  • once a week
  • once a day

Which of the following is the most common physical symptom of a temper tantrum?

  • screaming
  • crying
  • flushed skin

Which hormone spikes in a toddler's bloodstream during a temper tantrum?

  • adrenaline
  • cortisol
  • testosterone

What mood disorder had a 40-fold increase in diagnoses from 1995 to 2003?

  • antisocial behavior disorder
  • pediatric bipolar disorder
  • oppositional defiance disorder

What percentage of parents tend to intervene and stop temper tantrum behavior?

  • 20 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 80 percent

Often, what's the best way to deal with a temper tantrum as it's happening?

  • Ignore it.
  • Try to talk a child out of it.
  • Send a child to time-out.

What percentage of 2-year-olds have a temper tantrum every day?

  • 5 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 45 percent

Which negative emotion comes first in a temper tantrum?

  • anger
  • sadness
  • fear

Which part of the brain is responsible for toddler temper tantrums?

  • amygdala
  • prefrontal cortex
  • hypothalamus

What's an effective way to avoid temper tantrums?

  • Never tell a child 'no' directly.
  • Keep treats on hand at all times.
  • Offer kids choices about what they'd like to do.

What's a sign that a temper tantrum won't last long?

  • immediate foot stomping
  • throwing objects against the wall
  • standing in place and screaming

True or false: Kids have been arrested for temper tantrums.

  • true
  • false

According to a proposed diagnostic designation from the American Psychiatric Association, temper tantrums are indiciative of a mental disorder if they occur after what age?

  • 6 years old
  • 10 years old
  • 13 years old

Which of the following is a temper tantrum red flag for clinical attention?

  • verbal aggression toward parents, siblings or peers
  • holding one's breath until fainting
  • hitting walls

In what year was the first comprehensive study on temper tantrums published?

  • 1913
  • 1931
  • 1963

Tantrums that consistently last for how long are considered extreme?

  • more than 5 minutes
  • more than 15 minutes
  • more than 30 minutes

Extreme temper tantrumlike rebellion crops up in older kids and teenagers, too. What percentage of adolescents suffer from oppositional defiant disorder?

  • 6 percent
  • 16 percent
  • 26 percent

At what age does the tantrum-provoking prefrontal cortex finally reach full development?

  • 12 years old
  • 18 years old
  • 21 years old