At home, I try and do as pp said and get down at her level, make eye contact and in a calm voice explain to her that I understand she wants to play with the puppies outside...but that right now, it's time for a nap. I make sure to validate her point of view, but I also don't give in and let her do what she wants when it nap time. In public, grocery store for instance, when she wants something and throws a fit I have taken to the bathroom and we sat there until she calmed down and then I told her we would go back out when she was ready to be good. What works better though, although way more exhausting, is taking her to the car and letting her scream in her carseat for a minute. Then I get at her level and say "Are you ready to sit in the seat like a good girl, or do you want to stay out here and scream?" She says she wants in the buggy seat, so I try and put her in...if she resists I put her back in the car and wait another...
at 1:54 AM on Apr. 27, 2010