Tantrums, another way to communicate, indeed.  Children may want a toy, food item, nap, hug, etc. and start screaming, throwing a fit, hitting, and many other "misbehaviors." Meanwhile, we may think, "When I was a kid...  I can't take it anymore!  I don't know what else to do with my child!"  So why don't they calmly tell us their wants and needs?  The path of least resistence in expressing themselves many a time takes the form of a tantrum that we unknowingly reinforce.  What??

Let's back up a second.