Toddlers are some of the most easily distractible creatures on earth, which can be both a blessing and a curse. When you're trying to get them to finish a simple meal, and every noise, thought, and movement in the room causes yet another delay in eating, it can be frustrating; and when getting one's shoes on takes longer than it probably took to make the shoes, distraction is a parent's worst enemy.
However, when it comes to taming a toddler tantrum, distraction is amazing. They can be in the middle of an all-out, screaming, red-faced, intense rant that is shaking the walls, then you mention something they like or ask them a question. All of a sudden, they switch gears faster than you can blink.