Before I became a mom, I would see kids wail, run away, throw things, basically be little devils and see the mom ignore, bargain, beg, etc… basically anything to make their child not so- um, crazy. I always said… “my kid won’t be like that” or my favorite, “I’ll be a better mom.”
Fast forward to my 4 yr old protesting lunch because she decided popsicles were a good substitite and mommy is mean cause I won’t give it to her. Oh and we are at a restaurant…and everyone else’s kid is being an angel. Mine? Starts screaming like a banshee “POPPPPPPPPPSICLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!”
What is a parent to do?
Before you say run away (which was my answer too!), here are a few tips that are well… unconventional but believe me, they have worked. Well on my little
devil angel anyway.
- Ignore, ignore, ignore. Kids tend to do whatever they can to make you just give in. If it means screaming in the middle of a college library during finals when they want to run off, so be it. It takes some guts, but let them get it all out without so much as a peep and they will realize, well that isn’t gonna work. This has happened to my daughter many times, so many that know she just stops and gives me the silent treatment instead. Victory is mine!
- Bargain. Also known as bribing, negotiating, cajoling, and i’ll-do-almost-anything-just-please-chill-out. Don’t promise a vacation to Disney World or anything (but hey, if you do- how about a couple extra tickets here eh?) but simple things you can and are able to fulfill like 1 extra TV show that evening, or a Happy Meal on the way home if they behave while at store/restaurant/car/everydayforeverandever.
- Walk away. This is different than ignoring cause when you ignore, you are present. Walk away means literally walking away. Kid starts screaming in the middle of the store, tell them they need to stop or mommy will leave. They keep going. Just take a couple steps off to the side so you are out of their vision, but you can see them and they will see mom means business. My mom did this to each of us, and all it took was once of thinking our mom left us at the boring grocery store for us to never try it again.
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