What discipline strategies do you use in public?

Jovanne - posted on 03/12/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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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!

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Brittney - posted on 05/09/2012

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I had a problem with my daughter in Target. She would not say by me so I warned her That I would make her sit in the cart. She didn't believe me and did her own thing so I did the One...two...three and she much have thought it was a joke cause she kept on. I picked her up in put her in the cart. She through a fit and I told her when she stopped I would talk to her. I ignored her for maybe a minuet before she calmed down. Then I told her what she was doing wrong, what she could do that was right and gave her another chance to walk by me. She didn't leave my side for the rest of the shopping trip. When we got to the car I thanked her for being so good and staying by me in the store. I was so proud and almost shocked that it worked. It was our first store meltdown and we haven't has one since. Every kid is different and I think you did what you should have. You know your kid better then anyone else.

Katherine - posted on 04/30/2012

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Honestly? I would have ignored her tantrum. I would have made sure she couldn't hurt herself and walked a feu feet away like nothing was happening.

Christina - posted on 03/12/2012

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i would love to know the answer myself. i have a son who is adhd and is very difficult to deal with in public. at home its not as bad, but in public i get so embarrised. i have come home crying because im so overwhelmed with dealing with him sometimes. i make threats to him and they fall on deaf ears with him. i have ppl make suggestions all the time and they dont work with him at all. i have even gotten to the point i usually have to wait til i have a day off from work to go to the store so i dont have to take him but its not always possible

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