Why does my son act out in restaurants?

we dont spoil him but when hes with grandma its diffrent


Asked by lissy84 at 11:50 PM on Nov. 3, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • Hun I have been there done that!!!

    What I do when my son starts acting up because he can't get a toy he wants or popcorn chicken{Walmart} If he starts throwing a fit...Let him throw the fit. Stop where you are and find a place to sit down...This confuses them. { I swear to God} When they look at you just say..>When you are done we will continue to shop. They stop and you say now we are going to finsih shopping and you are going to be a good boy. Also make him apologize for throwing the fit. Then carry on.

    Answer by nyteowl at 12:03 AM on Nov. 4, 2008

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  • Ok I have one more suggestion for you as well. You might want to get your kiddo involved with the shopping...When picking out produce have him pick it out hisself. Make him put the items in the cart...Except eggs and bread...LOL Another thing my son likes top do is when I am pushing the shopping cart he likes to stand on the cart and hold the handle while leaning on me...

    Restaurants...Pack a bag of cars and toys he likes to play with to keep him busy. Also if you can have the waiter bring his food as soon as he can if you don't get any appetizers...Anyhoo these suggestions I have given you have worked for us and we have a rambunctious 3 year old. {Strong willed my little monkey is!} Good luck!

    Answer by nyteowl at 12:08 AM on Nov. 4, 2008

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  • Nyteowl, I love the idea of just stopping and sitting down! I'll have to try that sometime. Getting them involved with the shopping works, too. We hardly go to restaurants with the kids, so I'm not much help there. I think they're just so happy to actually eat inside for once they're shocked into obedience, lol.

    Answer by mamapotter at 12:19 AM on Nov. 4, 2008

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  • That's a great idea, Nyteowl.

    Once when my son was acting up really bad in the store, I gave him a couple warnings to get it under control. When he wouldn't stop, I just parked my cart in the store somewhere, grabbed him by the hand, marched him out of the store and took him straight home. I didn't say one word to him all the way home. I handed him to my husband, looked my son straight in the face and said, "if you ever want to go to the store with me again, you MUST behave". And I walked right back out and went back to the store to finish my shopping without him. Well, my kids ALL love going to the store so that was the very last time he ever gave me a hard time.

    Answer by jenettyshome at 11:36 AM on Nov. 4, 2008

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  • nyteowl is right. This is what I do with my son. Just stop and sit down. They do get a confused look on their face and my son would come over and ask "What you doing?"

    Eating out ALWAYS take something for them to do.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:17 PM on Nov. 4, 2008

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  • We leave the store/restaurant/wherever and sit in the car until she gets herself under control. If she refuses then we go home. I had to do this twice and whenever she starts throwing a tantrum I tell her we are going to the car and she stops.

    Answer by Colleen801 at 7:06 PM on Nov. 4, 2008

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