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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 15:14

Toddler Tantrums in Public

Written by Coco
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I was that crazy mom today that you sometimes see around town, almost losing it completely because of their child’s misbehavior. The 4 kids and I went to Jamba Juice after school.  I was happy, we had all managed to keep it together quite nicely while we waited in the long line and then waited for our order. We had just found a nice spot to sit outside on the patio when my 2.5 year old son asked for cookies. Ok, why not, I was in a good mood, so we all got up and went into the Starbucks.

On the way out a nice woman held the door open for my troop…I started walking out the door when I heard it, that loud scream that seems to have become a too familiar sound in our house for the last month. My son decided that HE wanted to open door for me at Starbucks and was angry that the lady held the door for me. Picture this…the nice lady is holding the door for me, my son is on the floor in the doorway screaming and won’t get up, people are trying to get in and out, I have a baby stroller partially blocking the entryway, and I’m holding cookies and a latte. I asked my son nicely, but firmly, to get up. He naturally screamed louder and by then I was certain everyone was looking at me and my son, thinking I must be crazy because I can’t control my kids.  After asking him again, I finally just scooped him up in one arm (ouch!), pushed the stroller and had him scream at the top of his lungs as we left.

We sat outside and finally after a few minutes he calmed down. I was embarrassed, but I tried to remind myself that, while it’s not easy, I have to ignore the stares from people and that my son’s tantrum is nobody’s business but mine. My baby is now 1 month old and my 2.5 year old has had a hard time with the transition. I imagine that we may be dealing with tantrums and misbehavior for some time. Oh boy, I’ll need lots of reassurance that I’m still a good parent!  The links below had some great suggestions on dealing with toddler tantrums - I'll be visiting them again!



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