I know people usually continue on and ignore it...
sometimes I ignored, but most of the time I removed the child from the situation. I hated doing it since it gave attention to the tantrum, but I never thought it was fair for the people around me to have to endure my childs tantrum.
I never had any extreme tantrums, or really any tantrums. When they were acting up a little, I got out fast if it didn't stop.
I remember one Mom who met us for lunch with her two young kids. The youngest started throwing a fit and the mom said to me, in a defeated tone, "She will never stop now. We will just have to leave."
Sad. My kids didn't know what to think about that. We went ahead and had lunch but it was too bad that she couldn't get her kids to behave and not scream.
They don't, neither of my girls have thrown a tantrum in public. They're told before we leave the house what I expect of them and they know that they will receive a spanking right then and there if they act up in the store. I will also add on other punishments when we get home, I don't play around with that.
When we see other kids throwing a tantrum we slap hands and say, "High 5 for not being that kid."
My kids have never thrown extreme tantrums in public, they don't get the chance to get it to that point. As soon as they start whining and starting to throw a tantrum, I remove them from the store and they sit in time out until they are ready to behave, then we go back in and finish what we are doing. I make it very clear to them what is expected of them and that I do not tolerate rude behavior that is disruptive to others.
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