How to handle public tantrums

There's something about your child throwing a tantrum in public that sends many moms into a state of panic: what do you do to help discipline your child in front of all those people? Even though many people are quick to judge, what are your best tips to handle public temper tantrums?

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I Believe in Spanking. So when My daughter doesn't stop after I tell her to stop throwing a fit I take her either outside or to the bathroom and she gets a spanking. Most of you probably don't believe in spanking and thats your choice

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violence breeds violence.. stay calm and collective... EVERY parent I know no matter how easy or difficult their child is.. when they scream/yell/spank they get children who match them.. monkey see, monkey do.. and all parents that stay calm, talk to their children and use time-out (in the store or car/bathroom) or even a GENTLE restrain (sit down holding the child in your lap for a time out together) have calmer, more emotionally balanced kids in the end.

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Christine, I'm afraid I have to agree with Jeanie. Surely by spanking your child you are teaching them that the way to deal with a problem is to use violence? So when your daughter grows up and has an argument with a friend she may just try to solve that problem by getting into a fight...not good. I don't know, I may be wrong, but I don't think so.

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When you spank to discipline it should not be out of control. I don't scream & yell at my child, ever. I use my stern "mama voice". And never spank when I'm angry. It's one good smack on the backside. It's not "violence". And it's not monkey see monkey do. My child is brighter than that. She is almost 3 years old and NEVER hits. She is better behaved than most 5 year olds I see in public. Most children I see in public seem to be controlling the situation rather than the parent. I'm not letting a 3 year old dictate me leaving the store and going home because she isn't getting her way. If I can't teach her now that mamas in charge we're going to be in trouble when she's a teenager. The thing with spanking is you don't have to do it often or for long. If you are consistent the child learns quickly & all it takes after that is a warning.

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With all due respect, spanking is not violence! Hitting is!!! It really bothers me when the two are used interchangeably. Spanking really should be a last resort and the point is to not do it out of anger but, in a 'you chose a spank when you chose several naughty choices' sort of way.

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I agree with christine and jessica. I do times out as well but that doesnt always work. My almost 3 year old never is mean to other kids or us or anyone. Matter of fact the other 2 year old I watch doesnt get spanked but is contantly hitting and pushing my child and does not listen 3/4 of the time. She will repeat the same behavior over and over again. Hardly talks and will act as if she cant hear you talkimg to her or will look at you while doing something you just told her not to. While my daughter listens very goo and knows is she doesnt stop when told she WILL go into time out and if then does it again gets a spanking.

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Christina's got the right idea. I'm with u 100%. Kids need parents, not friends! Unfortunately most people dont realize this, and they try and reason with the child. There is no reasoning with rebellion. I also agree that you have to be calm and collected when doing it. Never out of anger, if u let it get that far, you've already lost. Kids are smart, at every age.....if u let them dictate what u do or don't do as a toddler, imagine what it'll be like later in life.

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If spanking works for her, then that's her business. She didn't say "beat," she said spank.

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its NOT violence when handled right. i don't spank her when i am mad, and i only spank her when needed not all the time. She NEVER hits. And your kids probably get whatever they want, because you talk to them like they are your friend. They aren't your friend, they are your CHILD! And your trying to tell me my daughter isn't going to be emotionally balanced you are surely mistaken. My daughter will know I am in charge not her. I love her and feel that when needed a spanking is ok. and not ALL parents who use the "gentle" approach as you say have emotionally balanced kids... they have kids who walk over, talk back, and yell at their parents who didn't have the balls to take charge. and you Rebekah, spanking my daughter when needed isn't going to make her grow up to be a bully. I was spanked as a child and I turned out just fine, I have NEVER hit any one!

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When you spank you are teaching your child that someone who is bigger and stronger is in control. You are essentially teaching them how to bully. You do not want to make your child think that this is okay. If that does not convience you than wait until they are teenagers and keep trying to spank them. It's a quick fix when they are little but it is much better to handle a bad situation with talking. Yes you are in charge and you are the adult. You need to learn to act calm and be responsible enough to leave with your child if you have to. Its your job to be a parent. It's the most rewarding one you'll have.

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I don't plan on spanking her when she is a teen, it just flat out wont work. Their are other ways to disipline a teen.

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Actually Christine, I agree with you 100%....I never used to, but after having my son have SO many tantrums in public, and also reading through the bible to see what God teaches us, we are told to spank our children as a form of discipline - and it does not "breed violence" as some people may say, what it does is tell your child that you love them enough to discipline them. I used to never spank our son...never...but along the way, I decided to get some advise from friends and family and they told me to read through the bible, as it is very specific on disciplining our children....so I have had a few problems with our son in public, and yes, I've spanked him when he's gotten completely out of hand (which luckily for him and I that it's not very often)...but let me tell you something, he's a quick learner and now when we're out in public, and I give him a certain look, he knows I'm upset and he'll say "am I in trouble?" and I'll either tell him yes or no, but when I tell him yes, he knows what to expect, and he completely changes his tune. I do not believe in child abuse or anything of that nature, but I learned a long time ago that the old attache of "never spank and just talk to your kids" is complete garbage because it is not effective and it doesn't work. Also, my son hardly ever gets spankings anymore because he's learned what the repercussions are if he acts up, so I think that although it sucks that you have to do it (trust me, I broke down hysterically after the first time), he's learned that I don't take any guff from him, and he's hardly ever spanked anymore. =)

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THANK YOU! Yes the Bible does say that! That is one of the reasons I use spanking as a form of discipline. I gave the whole "talking" to her a try and it did NOT work, she kept on doing it. Now that I spank when needed, she knows Momma is serious and stops right away.

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I agree with Christine, but only when it absolute warrants. One good spanking and your child will not embarass themselves or you again. If spanking doesn't reach your child as it doesn't all children, I would still like to encourage all parents to always have control over the situation. If no, in ten or 15 years, correctional officers will have control over them. God bless

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I COMPLETELY agree with everything you said Jessica!!! If it is done correctly, spanking is very effective and does NOT breed violence. It is 100% Biblical and God's opinion is the only one that truly matters. Keep up the good work! You will have a wonderul child in the end because you did not let her control the situation as so many parents do these days!

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Thank you to all of you who agree with me. And Mary God's opinion IS the ONLY one that matters

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Spank your kids if you need to.... NOT spanking kids is what is wrong with the world today.

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I agree that there are many forms of disicipline, and yes spankingis sometimes is nessary. When use properly it is a very good tool. I have four children and they are pretty well behave children. And as far as how to handle public tantrums you should deal with then the same way you would if you were at home. Consistancy is the most importantthing. If you don't have yhat you have no control.

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I disagree with jeanie, but spanking is good for kids, I was spanked as a child and I turned out just fine, like the bible says "spare the rod, spoil the child" Kids these days know they can get away with stuff cause people are afraid to spank their kids cause of having CPS called on them cause they discipline them, time outs do not work.

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Spanking is not a form of violence...disciplining a child is very individually based. Some children do okay with verbal discipline and some do better with physical discipline. It also depends on the situation at hand. I do agree with keeping your cool while disciplining your children. I know I grew up on physical and verbal discipline, and I turned out be a very calm and collective person.

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I totally agree with Jessica. I grew up in a house where there were rules and love. My parents never hit me hard, but when I disrespect one of them or just did tantrums they gave me a good spanking, and when I got older, the spanking grow-up to "go to your room." Today I am a balanced person, professional, very sociable and a mother of twin 5 years, who believes that a good spanking before time is very important.

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This isn't the place to criticize anyone's parenting, it's to put forth your personal methods. Children thrive on structure and stability. Whether that means the occasional spanking, ignoring tantrums, timeout, or a high five, children are all different in their response to reprimanding, just be consistent with what you choose.

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I agree with you Christine I have two boys and I am a single mother. I spank my kids and I was spanked when I was a child and I didn't not grow up to be violent. So therefore its not true in all cases.

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So true Jessica, I also have one of those "mama voices" and believe you me it works and I follow threw with what I say, I don't sit their going Connor don't do that 3 times I use my stern mother voice only once and it very often works. I also believe in time out as well walk away from the situation no attention given. I often walk away stating that the action is not acceptable, I never ever break down the child, I let him know that the action is unacceptable". Not easy being a mom but we all do in the end what works for us and our children as they are not all clones and individuals who need to be disciplined as individuals. Good luck everyone:)

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It's obvious that the ones who do not believe in spanking haven't looked at the stats on how many kids are ending up in juvie and later on, jail. If I did half of what these kids do today, my father would have straight up belted my backside!!! What does a person learn when they touch a hot surface? They certainly don't touch it again...

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Christine I agree with you spanking has been around for many many years had has always worked if done the right way. I find it funny when people violence breeds violence because most adults were spanked as a child and we did not become violent adults but instead we became law abiding respectful adults.If spanking is done in the right way it is a great tool for example when i spank my children i make them go to their rooms then i go in there sit on the bed with them and ask them why their getting a spanking then i tell them I love them and then they get there spanking then i again give them a hug and tell them i love them and when there done crying they can come out and we go about our day and it is over and they have learned that their behavior is not ok. Dont get me wrong i dont think you should spank for every little thing but there times when its called for example in my house disrespect to an adult will get a spanking everytime.

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I agree with Adrienne, Laura, and the others about spanking their children. Spanking and violence are two totally different things. As a child, I got spankings, and I think they made me the great person I am today. Often times, I tell my mom how I appreciate the spankings she gave. I have never been in trouble with the law, I don't smoke, I don't drink, I work and I finished college. I said all that to say this. You can chose to spank or not spank, but kids are going to grow up and be the people they want to be, not always the people you raised and taught them to be. God bless you on your journey to raising your little ones.

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I strongly believe in the taking away for bad behavior and giving rewards for good behavior and really making a deal of good behavior. This works best with our 5 year old.. Spanking or discipline of this nature is not a working answer to the problem as they won't associate the pain with their actions, Calmness and staying positive and the whole family on the same track works wonders

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I always told my boys "when your done i will be over here" then take about 10-15 steps away, it only takes a couple of minutes for them to realize that it is not working and they stop. eventuly they realized that they were the one that looked silly and stopped doing them altogther

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yup.. I agree.. any attention is good attention (including spanking) so why give it?

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its funny too you can tell people who have kids they walk away smirking people who don't give dirty looks lol

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Lol Suzanne that is so true! Well except I (well I wouldn't say it was a dirty look, but look of aww) give a look, not to the parent, but to myself, when the child is well past the tantrum age and is straight out of control and the parent is "trying" to control them with no affect. But that's just me. :)

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The first thing you need to remember is who cares what people think. Fortunately my son does not have many tantrums in public but he has had them. I bend down pick him up and walk outside. We talk about it and if I can't control it we go home. I once had someone try to discapline my son while I was standing there. He was upset but definately not throwing a tantrum. First thing that happened is that she made it worse and my son did throw a big tantrum and the second thing is she got a few words from me. Its easy for people to pass judgement but unless they are in your shoes it means nothing.

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My daughter is now 5 years old...she has thrown a total of 2 tantrums in public. Once with myself and once with my husband. We have different degrees of discipline...time outs, things taken away and the most effective for the most outrageous and intolerable actions, spankings. For public displays of fury, its hand-to-bottom...we have a ZERO tolerance for such things. She is now one of the best behaved children out of 5 Kindergarten classes so its obvious she learned something from our rules, lessons and forms of discipline. Dont be afraid of your kids...they will use it against you.

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Thank you! My almost 3 year old is the same way. I was raised that way and my CHILD is not going to behave that way just because we are not at home where she thinks she wont get into trouble. I can take her anywhere with out fears/worries that she will act out or be uncontrolable. I have taken her to resturants and other places where while leaving or after people tell me they cant believe how good she was.

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Exactly. What irritates me the most are the parents that reward bad behavior (bribes). Or just use empty threats with no real consequences (I'm sorry, but I don't see leaving the store a consequence cause my child would LOVE to leave the store). In life there are REAL consequences for bad behavior. Better learn that lesson now.

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Amen to that. It's refreshing to know that there are still people out there parenting their children and not just being their "friends".

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Maybe you should tell that to the two who are calling me wrong for doing it and telling me my daughter is going to be emotionally unbalanced or grow up to be a bully! I grew up getting spanked when I was wrong, I believe in spanking.

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Glad I'm not the only one. lol I look at it like so...I remember each and every time I was spanked in my childhood. I never ended up in jail and I never ended up strung out on drugs and I never, ever would abused animals and children. The more years that go by with parents being told they cannot spank a hand or bottom, the higher stats become for juvie cases...

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My friend was in a store where a boy was throwing a 'fit tantrum' on the floor. The poor mother was so embarrassed she tried to ignore her son. My friend (Being an overweight woman with an extremely outgoing personality) threw herself on the floor next to the boy and screamed just as loud while kicking her legs in the air. None the less the boy immediately stopped shouting, got such a fright that he jumped up and ran to his mother. Extremely embarrassed the boy kept dead quite at his mothers side the entire time his mother spent in the store looking over his shoulder for the 'mad' women. People thought my friend was crazy but I doubt the boy will do it again. ;-)

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That is awesome!!!

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I love this, my daughter whom is now 20 never had a tantrum in public when she was small as she was a rather calm child,she didnt have them often at home either, however i now have a little boy that is 14 months old and he has started to have tantrums at home, mainly if i don't play his favouite tv programme all day,so i've now started to ration the amount of time he sits in front of the tv and he will have a tantrum if he doesn't get his own way, he will throw himself down on the floor and repeatedly bang his head on the floor, to overcome this I just put a cushion under his head to make sure he is safe and i dont verbally respond to his tantrum until he has finished, his tantrums are now getting shorter as he realises that his little paddy isn't getting the desired affect, when he's finished his tantrum he gives me his cheeky smile and i just say to him "have you finished now?" he then smiles again and i just say, "good,hope u feel better now" I believe that children need to vent their frustration, it is better that they get it out of their system rather than build it up to cause more bad behaviour, i don't react to it in any way as this will just make the tantrums worse, i don't believe in smacking a child either as this is causing physical harm to a little person that i love immensley and will only show that violence is acceptable and i do not want my child to grow up believing it is ok to hit someone, society is getting violent enough as it is, tantrums are a healthy part of growing up and as a mum,it's my job to find the best solution that works that doesn't involve smacking, smacking never works and causes a child pain and i think that it is a very cruel act to implement onto a child,there are other ways of resolving the issue. But i love the idea that if he has a tantrum in public to lie down on the floor and copy what he is doing,i saw this on a tv advert and have always found it hilarious, and if thats what it takes when the public tantrums begin then yes i would do it too,i wouldn't care what funny looks i got either as i think its a very beneficial way of educationg my child, i will let you know if i ever have to use it lol

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my father -in-law did this one time on one of his grandkids who was throwing a fit n the store so he gets down andsays here let me show you how to do it and throws a fit she never ever done it again.I always use this methoid on my kids and now on my grandkids works every time..

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My oldest son was famous for his tantrums. Any person who ever went some place with me, knew about my son's tantrums. (FYI he is now 21 yrs old). I tried walking away from him, letting him scream it out, that didn't work and irritated fellow shoppers. I tried taking him out of the situation, physically removed him from the store, restaurant, etc. He just screamed louder because we left, he once took off across the parking lot, I had to chase him, at night in a department store parking lot. UGH! So, what finally worked. I was shopping one day and he wanted a toy, I said no, he started throwing a tantrum, loud and unbearable. I tried to quiet him down, as I needed to finish up my shopping, when an older man came up to me and said "If I were you, I would take him in the bathroom and give him something to cry about." So, that is exactly what I did. I had to do this a couple of times, but after the second bathroom visit he never threw another tantrum. So, goodluck.

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I know the feeling I have 4 kids and all boys and I can't do anything with them, especially if they are all together. I might try the bathroom thing if tantrums in public occur again, they leave you feeling like youre such a bad parent when they behave that way.

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I give her a stern warning and let her know that if she does not calm down she's going to get spanked. If she continues, then I take her outside and spank her butt. After doing this a couple times she quit pitching fits in public.

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I agree with that!!!

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I usually give them a stern look and if they continue, I will take her out and talk to her. I can even spank her hand, that's when I'm almost getting to frustrating stage.

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I agree Jessica, my daughter is a 2 year old and very smart for her age. A little spank in the butt has done the trick for me. It has come to the point where I hardly spank her now. She listens and acknowledges Time out as well. When we are in public she hardly throws tantrums, and I only have to give her the look for her to comprehend what I mean by that! So my personal opinion, yes spanking does work. Like you said before "no monkey see monkey do". She is not violent at all. She just knows how to act in public. Also the last thing in our minds should be what the people think. When they look and stare i just give them a harder stare, a type of like "May I help you?" that helps me..lol

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thats good!

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i always tell my little guy to hug something when he gets mad & that it will make him feel better. in public sometimes i say hug mama, so i pick him up & he hugs me tight. or if he is mad at me, i give him something to hug like his coat etc.

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when i was a child i used to bite things or stab boxes but it just made me more mad!

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On the spanking issue, the "violence breeds violence" is a bunch of horse hooey. I was spanked as a kid, I'm not violent in the slightest. To each his/her own. If you don't prefer to spank then that is your perogative, but it doesn't mean it's your place to tell somebody else it's wrong. My feeling is it's none of my business how some other parent disciplines their children. I can say what I hate- I hate that some parents hit their children in the grocery store....I think that's trashy...but will I say anything to the person? Nope. It's not my place to tell somebody else how to parent their kid. That bugs me so much about folks. How would you like it if I criticised your parenting? What if I were to say you need to spank your child because clearly just time-out's ain't cutting it. You'd be pretty mad wouldn't you? Think about how you judge somebody.

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I just started using the 1 2 3 magic method. If my kids start acting up, I say you have 1, then a few seconds later, I say 2, if their behavior has not improved and I count 3 I usually leave them in that aisle and go on with shopping. They then realize that I am not there and will be behind me soon enough. I never go further then the next aisle. They usually get the hint and we never talk it about it while in the store. If it continues or gets worse, I will leave all my stuff right there and take them to the car until they settle down or even home. I have learned that yelling and spanking does not help. They are like sponges, if they see their parents doing it, then they think they can do it. My 11 year old is very defiant because of it and he will yell back at me if I raise my voice. Spankings do not work. Kids know how to push the right buttons and they know what they can get away with by testing you. Do not treat your kids as little adults. They are not. Reasoning with them does not help, they are too young to understand. Usually the silent treatment helps and the counting. Try it. It works...

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Yes I agree with the silent treatment they calm them selves down eventually and become apologetic in my case.

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It is always hard, and it depends on their ages. When my kids were toddlers, if I could I would remove them to the car to wait for them to calm down. If they were old enough to talk, we'd talk about why they were upset. My youngest is now 6, and even now sometimes she'll get really upset if she thinks she's not being heard. If I can get her to calm down and tell me, that usually averts or ends it.

My older kids do have older versions of temper tantrums, at ages 12 and 15, but they aren't the laying-down-kicking-on-the-floor-and-screaming variety anymore. They're more like looking petulant and not cooperating. At this age I can simply say "You need to fix your attitude or there will be consequences." They know that what I'll pick for them to loose is going to be something they really want to do, like a special activity one of their clubs is doing, or it might be spending time on their game system or online.

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i was on my phone, it didnt hit the right button

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and now it wont let me change it

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Oh, Ok, and I'm sorry about that, Kim. I just couldn't figure out why it was voted down! I'll try to delete my initial comment to you if the system will let me.

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its called having loads of patience&distractions

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My kids don't have many tantrums, but when they do, it's a time-out regardless of where we are. We were at Colonial Cafe Restaurant a few months ago when my 3 year old decided to throw food at his brother...thankfully, we were in a virtually empty dining room (there was a group there of 3-4 families that had come from the same event we were at, so we all had kids the same ages), so I walked my son over to an empty chair in the corner and gave him a timeout...when it was over, 2 of the other parents told me I did a great job and I got a big thumbs up :) My kids know that certain behaviors are unacceptable in public, and I quietly and calmly remind them of that if they begin to misbehave. Just takes consistency! I applaud those other parents out there that believe good behavior is important...so frustrating to see a child throwing a fit and mom and dad doing nothing to stop it, or apologize for disrupting everyone else!

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ok, I posted this in the wrong place...oops! Been a while since I've been on Circle of Moms!

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Soy madre de 62 años y crie 3 varones. Mi tecnica fue primeramente escucharlos y respetarlos. Cuando le daban un tantrum o rabieta como decimos en español conversaba con ellos si no se tranquilizaban le cogia por su brazo y le decia con firmeza no se puede ahora, tranquilizate. Para lograr esto es necesario dar en la medida que se pueda y cuando se dice no entonces ellos saben que no se puede y se tranquilizan. A mi me funciono.

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well i think its each to own. every child is different but thumb rules are same! if your child is throwing a tantrum, i feel to start with as a parent instead of getting irritated one should try n distract a baby or get his attention to something else. BUt if things are out of hands corner him n explain that momz gonna be upset n wont be taking him to the park or bowling alley or any place of interest! It does work at times! Kids do understand your eye to eye language.

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A Good Spanking with the wooden hairbrush!

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I think it depends on age. If the child is very little, take them outside to calm down. If they are toddler, give them a tiny swat on the bottom. If the child is a little older, give them a full on spanking, if the child is a teen things get tricky. THey think they are better than you, so you have to show them who is boss. Lean them over the cart, and whip them hard! THen, when getting home, tell them to go to the couch. Pull their pants and underwear down yourself. Lean them over the arm of the couch, and spank them hard! I know this might sound harsh, but as children get bigger you have to get bigger as well.

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My 4 year-old daughter has always had, and still has, crying/tantrum episodes every single day. it’s humiliating. Grocery shopping is so stressful EVERY DAY! And this is not the only time she is out of control.
I have tried it all; talking nicely, positive reinforcement, games, etc, etc., still, nothing works. We can't figure it out...we would appreciate your input...I'm all ears!!! Thanks!!

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I've successfully raised 2 children. Tantrums were simply not acceptable, and had immediate consequences. A couple smacks on the butt worked. Consistency is the key word. I never had to dissolve in embarrassment because my child didn't get his/her way. If they wanted to throw a fit, then it was understood, they'd have something to holler about. I could take them anywhere, and they were well-behaved children, and had been taught to have respect for those around them..even though they were maybe not too pleased at the moment...and ya know what??they're both law-biding adults, that are kind, decent people..even though they got an occasional swat on the butt. Parents are running scared, and the results are obvious.

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I read an interesting at www.parentglobe.com on this. The first thing you need to do is not worry about what others are thinking. Even though its in public, its between you and your child. Don't lose your cool, your just reinforcing his or her behaviour with your own and it will only escalate. Try to remove him from the immediate situation whether its to the bathroom or to a qiter area. There is no need to show others who is boss....just remember its between you and your child...other people just happen to be around.

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When m children were younger (a lot of years ago) my wife and I taught them that there was "acceptable" behavior and "unacceptable" behavior. If they acted out in public the result was swift and thorough. They wee immediately escorted out of the establishment (which usually upset them more because they knew what was coming) and they were taken out to the car where several good smacks on their behind followed with a fairly calm talking to about why they were there and what they had done wrong. If it happened again...the outing was cancelled and everyone went home. It actually worked pretty well because they knew...without doubt what would happen if they threw a tantrum. We had a few outings ruined by the occasional tantrum...but all 5 of our children knew exactly what they could and could not do. The interesting thing was to watch them use the same principals with their children.. Good luck to you

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My daughter is three and she barely started these tantrums. It did catch me off guard the thing that helps me is to give her long lectures before we enter the store. I have to best her bubble before we go in saying things like don't ask for anything today because you aren't going to get anything. Or if you act up I'm taking you home and I'm coming back by myself. It works any once the tantrum is on progress I take her home and say ok have your tantrum in your room.

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When I take my son shopping I either have him in a safety harness/lead or a trolley. He's a runner and has once nearly killed himself by running away from me that fast and not looking, that he jumped in front of a slow moving bus and I nearly died a 1000 deaths. So I got the lead and now when he throws himself on the floor with a tantrum. I just stand there, arms folded and looking away from him. After about a minute or 2 I ask him "are you done?" Most of the time he's over his tantrum and will get up and walk along with me. Some time he continues his tantrum and I just wait until he's over it.

When he's in a trolley though, he gets to scream his head off without me saying anything or making eye contact. Sometimes he'll calm down after a minute or 2, sometimes he continues and I just take him to the bathroom and sit there waiting for him to finish his tantrum. All without saying a word or making eye contact.
I have learned the hard way that it's always best to prevent a tantrum, but once they started, it's best to let them run out their frustration. No point in trying to stop something unstoppable. It's almost impossible to stop a child from tantrumming. If you try and fail, you will only get angry and end up doing something you'll regret like yelling or smacking.

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I pull my son aside where there are not many people and ask him what is wrong, if he continues i say mommy cant fix it if i dont know whats wrong..and if its something he wants he cant have, i just say mommy is sorry but we cant get that today maybe another time and i give him a kiss and let he get himself together and we move on.

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when my son did that I stopped what i was doing and went to the car put him in his car seat and said time out and stood out side the car if raining i would sit in and not talk to him if its at a place were we r eating i would take him to the bath room and tell him he has one more chance and he's going home if you do this a few times and just leave when he's doing it or just letting the other parent sit and eat while in the car wait they not gonne want to do that

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I actually have a question to those of you who use time out in public. How do you do it? I usually take my daughter(2 1/2 years old) to a bench or somewhere away from a crowd and make her sit. I usually sit beside her but that doesn't seem to be working. She thinks it is a game. She does fine with "Time Out" at home. We are just struggling with it in public.

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you could try standing with your back to her because you are sitting with her she may not make the conection

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Great idea!! You even hold her hand in one spot and not move for a couple of minutes. Do not talk or say anything. That works as well. Try the 1 2 3 method. Count 1 if she starts misbehaving, then a few seconds later if she is still not being good, count 2, if you make it to 3, then a time out by sitting or even take her back to the car or even home. Just something to interrupt her tantrum. I just started using it and it is difficult but after some time it should work. Good luck..

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If we are in a place that is meant to entertain the kids, and one of them pitches a fit, I give one warning...they can stop or we can leave. I tell them to think about it because if it doesnt stop we are leaving. And then I have to stick to it...and leave. It happened twice and not again since then. But then we have the other lovely situations where I HAVE to get groceries or whatnot and leaving is what they want. These are the toughest ones. When I know its going to be a tough shop I try to set expectations before we go in...this is going to be hard, I am really going to need help, I dont think I can do this without you guys. And I try to engage them 'helping' me fill the cart. When they feel needed, they remain occupied and less likely to pitch...but we all know its eventaully going to happen. I usually get down eye to eye with them and remind them this won't help them and if they keep it up they will end up in trouble. And I try my best to save my super angry face for these moments so they know I am serious. I have been lucky only a couple really freak shows.

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I just put my daughter in the cart and let her do her thing. In restaurants we go to the van. But I do believe sometimes a swat on the butt is less damaging than not, but it can't be used as the only discipline and it isn't appropriate for all situations. My daughter rarely throws tantrums in public now because she is either ignored or strapped in to her car seat intil she is done. She loves shopping so being removed bugs her. When she displays good behavior she gets a reward.

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well my oldest daughter is 3 and i took her and my youngest one to the grocery store to get food and she threw a fit in the store so whatever i had in the cart that day i paid for it and we left and went home when we got home i told my fiance her dad what she did and from now on if i have to go anywhere like that i only take her sister with me because i was crying myself at the cash register while she did that because i got so many looks from people in the store that day because of her screaming so that is how i disciplined my daughter for doing that she stays home with her father while i take the little one out with me

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by not takeing her out you are letting her win and not alowing the teaching oportunity, if you only take her sister the person you leave her with likly gets the tantrum when you leave. Don't worry about what other people think, stand tall in your choise on how to deal with them. anyone with kids would relate and people who don't don't understand.

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It sounds good to a mother to walk away or ignore her screaming child. But how about to consider other shoppers and employees of the store? Why do they have to listen to your screaming child out fo control? I have 3 kids and have not done it. They enjoyed coming with us to the stores and restaurants. one time I was walking to the store with my 3 year old son. We were approaching the neighbor lady. I said "Be sure that you say Hello". he did not. So I turned around, took him home to stay with my husband ane went by myself. He was very sad and cried. When we went shopping next day, he was greeting that lady without asking. So I think if that it should privilege to go with you shop or dine. If they don't behive they be sitting home. Might be sometimes hard to do that but I would give it try.

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