Hi everyone, I'm a new mom and I'm still trying to figure out how to manage my toddler's tantrums in public places. It's been quite challenging for me because my little one tends to throw tantrums every time we go out. I usually get embarrassed and overwhelmed when he starts screaming and crying in front of a large audience. I don't want to be that mom who can't control her child, so I'm seeking some advice from fellow parents. What are some good strategies to manage my toddler's tantrums in public places? Any tips or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
Hi there! As a fellow mom, I totally understand how you're feeling. Tantrums in public places can be very stressful to deal with, but don't worry, it's totally normal. One of the things that has worked for me is to always be prepared. I make sure to bring snacks, toys, and distractions for my toddler whenever we go out. This helps prevent boredom and fussiness, which can trigger tantrums.
Another thing is to try and catch it before the meltdown happens. I often look for signs that my toddler is getting upset like rubbing his eyes or fidgeting. If I see this, I try to calm him down by acknowledging his feelings and offering reassurance. For example, if he's upset because he wants a toy, I might say something like "I know you really want that, but we can't get it right now. Maybe we can look at it next time." This helps him feel heard and understood.
Lastly, I try to stay calm and patient even when it's hard. I've learned that getting upset or frustrated only makes things worse. Instead, I take deep breaths and remind myself that my toddler is still learning how to control his emotions.
I hope these tips help you!