Jovanne - posted on 03/12/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
I am just curious what is recommended for tantrums in public. I went through a terrible experience at an airport with my daughter. At home, we have a good discipline routine that involves cooling down in her room and she can come out when she calms down. In most public places, I take her outside until she cools down. At an airport terminal, I feel like there is no where to go, except maybe the restroom. It was really awkward and frustrating to have everyone in a crowded airport staring at you. I was restraining her in her seat so she would not hurt herself. We had another parent come up to us and tell us we are doing everything wrong and, "that is not good for her." She was having such a bad tantrum (just because she was tired) that security guards came up to us to make sure we weren't hurting her! We were not hitting her at all! Two minutes go by and she is happily skipping through the terminal and having a great time laughing. I can't imagine a better way to handle a situation like that. What it boils down to, is that I know my child's personality best and know exactly what she needs have that specific behavior managed so she is less likely to act that way again. I am in education myself and have positive discipline stategies drilled into my head all the time! I was so insulted!