Take a look at why he is acting up. Is he tired? Hungry? Uncomfortable around crowds or in loud environments? Do your best to try to minimize those factoer that contribute to his loss of control. Talk to him before you go out about where you are going and what he can expect, and also about what kind of behavior willbe expected from him. He is only two and a half, but he is old enough to begin to understand whatyour expectations are and WHY. Remember, too, to be patient with him. Sometimes when a child has been "easy" from the start, it is hard for us to remember that 'acting out' and testing boundaries are a normal part of the development process.
at 1:16 PM on Jun. 21, 2008