February 4, 2023

6 Way Ways To Deal With A Public Tantrum

6 Way Ways To Deal With A Public Tantrum

Ah, toddler tantrums. They happen to all parents, even celebs. Yep, a toddler ᴍᴇʟᴛᴅᴏᴡɴ at the happiest place on earth … and the most public!
Instead of ʟᴏsɪɴɢ your own cool or feeling ᴜᴛᴛᴇʀʟʏ ᴇᴍʙᴀʀʀᴀssᴇᴅ, here are 6 helpful ways to tackle a public tantrum next time your own toddler goes in public.

1. Wait it out

Speaking of time passing, the average tantrum lasts four minutes in juniors aged two to three, so another idea is to sit tight and count to 240 in your head.

2. Keep it together

Stay calm (or pretend to), move slowly (with purpose) and try keeping quiet. If you need to talk to your toddler, use your best even-tempered voice.

3. Ignore other people (they had it coming)

If people are staring at you like you’re the worst parent in the solar system, or they’re giving your toddler looks so ᴅɪʀᴛʏ you could make mud pies with them, try not to let it affect you. Ignore the stare bears and remind yourself that tantrums are a natural part of toddler life and all this shall pass.

4. Ignore your kid (in a caring way)

Your toddler is kicking, screaming and turning the colour of an aubergine. Although this might be alarming, another technique is to ignore your toddler. Turn away and don’t speak to them until the tantrum runs out of steam. Obviously keep tabs on your kid, but do it in stealth mode.

5. Pretend you’re Drew Barrymore

Take a deep breath.  Wait until your toddler has dropped to the ground in full ᴍᴇʟᴛᴅᴏᴡɴ mode, then get a photo of you both. The more ᴅʀᴀᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ, the better, so cast your eyes skyward and reach out in ᴍᴏᴄᴋ ʜᴏʀʀᴏʀ.

6. Evacuate! Evacuate!

If things get really bad, then pick up your writhing bundle of tears and head for home. A change of scene and the promise of a familiar environment might distract your toddler and diffuse the tantrum. Fingers, toes and house keys crossed.


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