My son is horrible in public. He doesn't listen to me. HELP!

Amy - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




My 2 year old son is great when we're at home. Time out's really help, though I can't put him on a time out when we're grocery shopping or whatever. What should I do when he acts up in public places? I don't want to just take him home because then he's just getting his way. HELP!


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Amanda - posted on 04/10/2009




When my son acts up in the store I just ask him if he wants to go to the bathroom and that usually shapes him up. But he's afraid of the public restroom thing.

Michelle - posted on 04/10/2009




Do you shout at him when he acts up in public? Try totally ignoring his antics and hold his arm firmly/put him on reins/wrist strap so hes always close to you.

Make sure hes well fed before you go out. Children who are hungry get fustrated easily. Also make sure he isnt tired when you go out either.

Take a toy out with you. One of his favourites to keep him occupied.

Have fun with each other when your out. Put some music on in the car and sing. Make it an event and not a chore when he goes out with you.

Ask him to help you around the shops. He can be your 'little helper' and he gets to chose which 'apple or carrotts' you buy. Make him feel he is needed with the shopping. Giving him responsibilty can help a child greatly with thier emotional deevelopment.

I hope this helps. And also if he has been good while out, reward him with a small new toy or some colouring books etc...


Sarah - posted on 04/10/2009




why can't you put him on a time out when you are out? That is exactly what you should be doing. You don't have to take him home, just take him out to the car where you make him sit quietly for a couple minutes before the two of you go back in and finish what your shopping or what not.

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