How to Handle a Public Tantrum
It is normal for children to throw tantrums. So if your child does, you should not just go right ahead and doubt yourself as a parent. It only means that you are parenting a toddler. The most effective way to handle such situations is to remain calm. As opposed to your child, you are the adult who have more control of your emotions and have the ability to restore peace. Since you want to always be prepared, here are some tips on how to handle a public tantrum.
Do Not Let Frustration Take Over
Never threat your child or even raise your voice. If you get mad, you can expect that things will just escalate. If you make it a habit to punish him, especially if the consequence is physical, you should know that there is a possibility that your kid will start to keep his/her negative emotions inside, which is very unhealthy.
Make Sure Your Child is Always Well Rested and Fed
You should always remember that children have higher tendencies of losing their cool when they are tired or hungry. So before you go with your kid on a lengthy trip, say for example, a shopping expedition, it is a must that he/she is well rested and fed.
Set Ground Rules
There are many cases that tantrums occur when a child’s request for new toys or clothes is not met. So if you are about to go to a store, it will be helpful if you already set ground rules before you reach the establishment. This is particularly true if you are only going to buy a few things and do not have the budget to get your kid what he/she may possibly point at.
Stand Your Ground
Don’t easily give in just because your child is having a tantrum. You should stand your ground and remain in control as always giving in may result in your kid associating tantrums to getting his/her way.