It's inevitable-- you WILL experience emotional outbursts/breakdowns/tantrums if you're raising, teaching, or caring for children, especially during periods of transition. The key to reducing the amount outbursts you experience is prevention -- and the most important thing to remember about prevention is consistency.
prevention + consistency = fewer emotional outbursts
3 WAYS TO PREVENT YOUR CHILD FROM HAVING AN EMOTIONAL OUTBURST [DURING TRANSITION PERIODS]
1. Review the schedule with them
Before the start of a new activity remind your child of the schedule.
"Right now we're going to play with blocks, but in 30 minutes we're going to clean up and go to grandma's house. So right now we're playing with blocks, but in 30 minutes we're going to clean up so we can go to grandma's."
2. Previous warning
3. Present them with two options (no more than two & never a yes or no question)