Handling Public Temper Tantrums
Hints on helping you handle temper tantrums.
By: Taylor_Blue on: Tue 24 of Apr, 2007 [01:24 UTC] (14083 reads)
Temper tantrums are the biggest test of a parent’s patience. A temper tantrum is an uncontrolled outburst of emotion. The most common ages that exhibit this behaviour are between two and four. They may include yelling, physically doing things, or both. They are different for every child. Common things that happen with them are crying and hitting.
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No matter what, your toddler is going to have a temper tantrum in public. Be sure you understand temper tantrums. Be prepared for people to stare and even whisper. But most of make sure you have a plan before it happens.
It will most likely happen when your child has had enough of going on errands with you. They are probably tired, hungry or bored, especially if you've been out shopping with the kids. These can all be reasons why the temper tantrum will happen. And it will be something really little that will set them off.
You should have in mind what you will do before it happens so you are not trying to sort through your database in your head while the world ends in front of you. Here are some ideas for dealing with these public tantrums.
Just walk away
It’s good to put some space between you and your toddler. Get ready for the stares and whispers because they will happen. Some people might even have the guts to say it out loud. They will think that you have abandoned your child and that you should be comforting them instead.
But don’t worry. Everyone has their own opinion. Just stick with yours. When your toddler has settled down a bit go down to his level and try whispering in his ear, “I know you are upset, but it is time to calm down now.” I know it is easier said then done.
Stop what you are doing and leave
This is the hardest thing of all to do. It’s hard to just walk away from that cart full of groceries but you must do it. If you must carry your child to get out of there, do it. Your toddler is telling you something so getting out of there is probably the best thing you can do.
Prevent the tantrum all together
All public temper tantrums can’t be prevented, but remember sometimes you can push things to be that way. You may be pushing your toddler by running that one last errand. It may be tempting to make one more stop but is a meltdown really worth it. Just get your toddler home and run the errand tomorrow.