A New Study Shows That Kids Are Predisposed To Throw Tantrums. Who Knew?

Sun, November 21, 2010 10:15am EST by Add first Comment

Good news, Jennifer Garner — your daughter Violet isn’t pitching a fit on because you’re a bad parent. A new study proves that kids’ brains are programmed to scream and shout until they get their way.

Here’s some interesting news. Apparently kids, like 4-year-old Violet Affleck, aren’t having temper tantrums because they’re budding drama queens and kings. According to the Daily Mail, a new scientific study shows it’s natural for toddlers to put their own wants and needs first because their brains aren’t fully developed yet and they only know how to focus on themselves. Keep that in mind the next time your tyke has a meltdown while standing in the checkout line at the supermaket.

Neuroscientists from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C. studied the brains of 42 children and adults. They focused on the parts of the brain that are active when the mind is at rest, wandering, or daydreaming, which is known as the default-mode network, in scientific speak. These regions are key to understanding the wants and needs of others.

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What they found is that those sections of the brain in children between the ages of 6 and 9 didn’t respond simultaneously. They “lit up” at different times and didn’t start working together until the age of 13. Great… so just when our kids outgrow tantrums they’re going to enter into the terrible teens. How do you feel about that HollyMoms?

Did you know that roughhousing with your kids is good for them?

So the moral of this story is, the next time your kids go crazy because you won’t let them bring home that Great Dane they fell in love with at the pet store, just remember that they can’t help the fact that they’re raising holly hell kicking and screaming on the floor of the store, they were born that way — and it’ll pass in about a decade.

–Amy L. Harper

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