There’s a gripping, cringeworthy fear that every parent dreads when it comes to raising kids – grocery shopping with them. There’s no question that every child is a blessing from the heavens, and any normal parent would sacrifice everything just to make their kids happy. But all these warm and fuzzy feelings can start to get a little blurry the moment you experience what it’s like to deal with a child’s tantrum in public. Most children are usually excitable as it is, but there’s something about shopping that makes them even more prone to acting out whenever they’re at the store. Leaving the familiarity of their own home gives them a window to learn and explore… loudly.

There’s Hope:

The bad news is that there’s no escaping it. No matter who you are, or where you’re from, if you have to raise children you’ll also have to go through the frustration of keeping them well-behaved in a public setting. However, the good news is that tantrums can be tamed and contained if you’re willing to prepare and prevent. With the help of a few shrewd parenting techniques, it’s possible to reign in a child’s erratic behavior whether they’re pleading for a piece of candy, or running amok in the toy aisle. Here are five tips to keep kids well behaved in public.

1.      Forget what Other People Think: The moment you become a parent, trying to impress other people should be at the bottom of your priorities. In order to keep your children disciplined, you must first accept the fact that you will have to do some candid parenting under the judgmental gaze of other people. Ignore them, and be a good parent

2.      Keep Your Cool: When a child acts out in public, feeling embarrassed can compel you to overreact to the situation. Try as much as possible to remain calm and composed. Responding angrily to a tantrum can end up escalating it into a verbal argument.

3.      Be Firm: The most important thing to prevent future tantrums is teaching children that bad behavior will never be rewarded. If your child is acting out in order to manipulate you into giving them something, stand your ground. Don’t allow them to have the satisfaction of winning their prize through rebellious means.

4.      Anticipate: Even though you probably have a list of goals to accomplish, remember that you also have a responsibility to be aware of your kids. Pay attention to their moods and preempt any potential tantrums with engagement and distractions. For example, carry toys and snacks with you to keep them busy at strategic moments.

5.      Remember that They’re Just Kids: Any time you go on a journey with children, keep in mind that they get fatigued much more quickly than adults do. Moreover, when they get tired or bored, they’re likely to protest. Don’t plan to do ambitious tasks if you know your kids won’t be as patient or enthusiastic as you are. Keep your trips with them short and sweet.

Parenting is a big challenge. Take hope however because practice makes perfect. The more time you spend with your kids, the more you learn how to prevent undesirable scenarios with them. Be observant, be proactive and adapt to their unique needs as time goes by. The more you seek to understand the root cause of their behavior, the faster you’ll figure out how make and keep them happy. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.