...or a tantrum at all?
Tonight I took my son to an ice cream shop. Before going, I reminded him that he needed to be a good boy and sit nice and listen to Mommy. He said "yes, I will be a good boy!" (which WAY MORE times than not, he is).
We sat together and enjoyed a Sweet Strawberry Sensation ice cream treat. When we were done, he pretended to play some Pack-Man on their old-school video game. When he was bored with that, he said he wanted more ice cream. I told him "No, we already had our treat -- we're going to go home soon -- let's get your coat on." --- This was followed by him laying on the ground, kicking and protesting. This behavior has NEVER gotten him his way, so I'm frustrated that he still tests it (he's 3 1/2).
After asking him to please get up -- and to please listen -- it was obvious he had no intention of cooperating. I warned him that if he didn't stop and walk nice with me, that I would carry him out. Still no cooperation. I picked him up and carried him out - kicking and screaming.
Two minutes into our drive home he said "I'm sorry I didn't listen, Momma."
For those who have had their kids tantrum in public, any advice? Or have you just resorted to carrying them out like I did?