Our expert says:
Intelligence in who ?
Even very unintelligent children have temper tantrums, perhaps more so than clever kids. Children of unintelligent moms might have more tantrums, in some circumstances.
As you may have noticed, a tantrum is a highly ineffective way of communicating what one wants. It might, dramatically, communicate THAT you want something, but not what --- because the tantrums are all the same. Its similar to the fact in adult verbal fights, that the louder you scream or whine, the harder it is for people to hear what you're saying.
Tantrums are atempts to manipulate adults, and when they work, as in the case of your niece, the kid becomes horribly spoiled, and learns the most unhelpful and false message that if she screams hard enough, the world will always eventually give her everything she wants. And how much more bittger for her eventually to learn that this is definitely not so.
Mom should watch Supernanny / Little Angels and other parenting shows on the BBC Knowledge channel. And ask her to send me a copy of that article in the medical journal she's quoting --- I'd be curious as to which idiots wrote it.
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