Not being able to take my 18 month old out in public

Hali - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old has all of a sudden started yelling and throwing fits when we are in public. I can no longer put him in a high chair in a restraunt or sit him in a cart when we are shoppoing. He screams and yells and I know I shouldnt pick him up for it but I feel so rude being in public and having everyone stare at me. How do I fix this?

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Anna - posted on 05/30/2010

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What i did with my daughter is just go to places where there's a lot of people in the first place. Then when your kid acts up. Just let it be. After a couple of times. They will understand that it doesn't work. Mommy is not going to pick me up. Kids are very fast learner. And have something to keep them busy. You can't expect them to sit there and do nothing.

Alicia - posted on 05/30/2010

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My mom would say you just have to keep at it. My advice would be to go to places that at "kid friendly"--grocery store when it is full of other kids/moms, fastfood restaurants or other loud places. Just be firm and also practice at home...be sure he's in his highchair and stroller, etc, at home. I know it won't immediately get fixed, but if you are firm and consistent, hopefully he'll get the message that he has to stay put. You can also try to make it as enjoyable as possible. My son always gets a bagel from the bakery at the grocery store so he looks forward to that and it keeps him busy. Or bring a fun snack. Same thing for restaurants. Maybe a fun toy he only sees when you are out. I think the key is that you are firm and he thinks it isn't torture.

Erica - posted on 05/30/2010

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first every one has had an embarrasing moment with their child. If people can't respect the fact you are raising your child and refusing to give in to everything he/she wants then screw them. Just because your a mom doesn't mean you have to stop living. Take him to the grocery let him scream eventually he'll figure out that your not going to give in no matter how loud he yells. If some one gets nasty with you just let them know that your sorry to bother them but don't feel guilty! Every parent goes through this!

Amy - posted on 05/30/2010

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take him out of the store and tell him we are going home and you don't get anything from the store if he starts throwing a fit like he wants to go in the store then tell him he has to be quiet. My son is the complete oppiset but my nephew is like that. I watch him often and thats what i did with him it seemed to help him alot

Jessica - posted on 05/30/2010

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seems like he wants to walk instead instead of sitting in the cart (let him it will make your outings much more manageable). my daughter does the same thing with the cart and the highchair. maybe buy him a big boy booster seat and let him sit at the table? have you tried entertaining him while your waiting for his food? like a coloring book? theyre a dollar and a very good resource for moms who take their kids to restaurants.

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