Mazy - posted on 04/17/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )
So, I really, *really* had to get some things from the store (Walmart) which is about a half a mile away. My toddler (almost three) typically loves outtings & was happy to get in the truck & go. However, as soon as he stepped out of the vehical he started SCREAMING! I got my other son out (16 months) & put him in a cart thinking that #1 would calm down soon. Nope. He started punching, kicking, biting & even ran into the lot in front of a car. He was screaming that he wanted to go home. Afraid, I picked him up & put him back in his car seat, but he was flailing wildly, so I couldn't strap him in. I didn't want to drive back home for nothing, but he HAD to calm down & couldn't bring him in the store like that. I was also so shaken up that he'd run in front of a car...and this was all behavior that'd he never done. Tantrm, sure, but nothing ever like this. I was holding his head in my hands trying to stabalize him & telling him sternly that he needed to breathe & stop screaming (while trying to hold the cart holding #2 with my foot). Suddenly a woman came out of nowhere & grabbed my arms from behind yelling "STOP STOP STOP! He's a baby!! You can't do that!!" She told me that I was hitting him, throwing him & screaming at him while he didn't know any better...that I needed to have better control over my children & to control my own emotions. I just put my other son in the car, told her she was sorry & waited for her to leave. Was I really in the wrong? Does a toddler throwing a tantrum automatically mean that a parent doesn't have control over them? Honestly, what would have been the best move in that situation...what would you have done?