On Friday, with Easter being only a couple of days away I had of course waited until the last minute to prepare. The kids and I went to one of my favorite places, Target to get the items that I needed to decorate the eggs. As soon as we walked into the store my son, Anthony, asked for popcorn from the in-store café. I told him no because we were eating dinner after we left the store. Nothing would calm him down. As I started to completely tune him out to quickly locate my three items and get the heck out of there I thought about this blog post. I also thought about the lessons I learned from his temper tantrum. I hope that by me informing you all that I will save a tantruming kid in the store in the future. Here are my five tips for in-store temper tantrums.
- Don’t give in to the child’s request because the tantrum will become longer and gain in intensity the next shopping trip.
- Actively ignore. Make sure the child’s basic needs are met though.
- Don’t let them see you sweat! They can smell fear and if they know that you are angry, sad, upset or embarrassed they will play on you. The tantrum will only get worse.
- If you have older children ask them to ignore the tantrum as well.
- Remember that a tantrum can be a good way to save money because you are only going to buy the necessities and get out of there quickly.
So there it is 5 quick tips to tantrum survival. Let me know how it goes! Good Luck!