According to Encyclopedia of Children’s Health, a temper tantrum is “an episode of extreme anger and frustration characterized by crying, screaming, and violent body motions, including throwing things, falling to the floor, and banging one’s head, hands, and feet against the floor.” If you are a parent, it is almost certain that you experienced at least one of these tantrums with your children while shopping. Here are some things you can do to prevent such outbursts in public:
Shop after your children ate and had a nap
If your shopping can wait, make sure your children are rested before going out in public. Temper tantrums often occur when they are tired and hungry. Although children’s behavior is at times unpredicted, if they are rested you lessen the possibility of causing a scene in the store.
Avoid the snack and candy aisles
When children see candy they are hard to pull away from it. Just like with toys, they want one of each, so it is hard to please them. So, unless you plan to buy them some candy, avoid going on that aisle. It will only worsen things. You may consider bringing some snacks with you in the store, or buying them some first, and then continue your shopping while they are snacking.
Keep the little ones in the shopping cart
The best way to avoid temper tantrums while grocery shopping is by giving them limited space to move around. Use a blanket in the cart and their favorite toy. Most grocery stores have now a shopping cart dedicated to the children. Take full advantage of them, when possible, and always strap your children in the seat.
If in spite of your efforts, your child still has a tantrum in a public place, the best thing you can do is to remove them from the situation. Take them back to the car or to the restroom until they calm down. Sometimes they want an item in the store, while other times they just want attention from the parent. You know your child better than anyone else, and the best way to avoid temper tantrums is by seeing the signs leading to them. Most times you can prevent them from happening, but other times you have no control over them.
Disclaimer: Always consult with your pediatrician if the temper tantrums are harmful to the child and others.
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