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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 60

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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And never look at the face of any adult who is nearby when your child throws a tantrum, or you will act out of embarrassment instead of common sense. As for consistency, she said too many parents don't mean what they say. "If you say something, have it be fair and follow through with it," she urged. Every time. Also be attentive when your child has reached his limit and be ready to back down immediately, Levinson said. For her, this meant recently cutting short a visit to a store with her own 3-year-old. And, like a good Girl or Boy Scout, she urges parents to be prepared. For her, this means traveling with an activity bag full of snacks and distractions to whip out at the earliest indication of approaching meltdown. One of the biggest mistakes parents make is in getting too involved in their child's tantrum, "This is a subject that really drains the color right out of parents' faces," said Levinson, author of First Aid for Tantrums (Saturn Press, $12.95). "Thev think Specializing in Gel Nails and Fiberglass N 'tils Nail Designs Silk Wrap Sculptured Nails Gel Nail Tips Overlay Fiberglass. II home to be with her two children, including recent addition Aimee, 10 months. "It is the most profound experience that we'll know." It is for her children that Levinson ponders a move back to the Northeast, so . that her offspring can attend quality public schools. Wherever she ends jup, she said she will continue her publishing company as a small enterprise in her own home. , "My office will always be in the house so I can see my kids and they can see me," she said. . And what was the trigger ol her son's earlier tantrum? Levinson breezily dismisses the inquiry. She makes it clear her son is still hovering nearby. As her book says, it's one of the Golden Rules of Tantrums: "Move on and forget about the tantrum once it is over. It's mm Levinson book through her own Saturn Press, which she runs from her Boca Raton home with the help of her husband, Marc Levinson, a medical doctor. They also published Levinson's first book, Raising Sensitive Children When the World Seems So Crazy, and nine family and health titles by other authors are scheduled for publication by late 1998. A native New Yorker, Levinson just completed a national tour for First Aid for Tantrums, which included spots on Good Morning America and The Today Show. The Tantrum Doctor, as she has been dubbed, calls for consistency and fairness by parents. "Parents are master teachers," said Levinson, who worked 15 years as a psychologist in schools, including Royal Palm School in Lantana. "Everything we do involves teaching our children to be good, sensitive, well-behaved human beings." A Florida resident for 10 years, she stresses her book does not train children to behave or survive tantrums. 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