How to deal with your children in any public setting -- and help them learn the value of self-control at the same time.
A young couple went into a large department store with their son, who was about 2 years old. The mother talked with a clerk as the father held the child in his arms. The only problem was that the little guy wanted out -- in a hurry. He began squirming and pushing away from Dad, who held on while trying to distract the child. It was to no avail. The boy, typical for his age, continued to struggle and protest, becoming more and more frustrated by the second.
Finally, Dad sat him on the counter and said, "Hey, Justin, how about if you and I go pick out a toy, OK?"
That must have sounded good to Justin because he stopped crying and, still sniffling, nodded yes. So Dad told Mom they'd meet her in the toy department in 10 minutes. Unfortunately, Justin's parents will pay dearly for that trip to the toy department for months, maybe years, to come.
For obvious reasons, kids are far more difficult to handle in large public places than in the relative confines of home. And, sad to say, there's no easy way to stop your child's public shenanigans completely.
There are, however, things you can do to bring your child's public behavior under control -- even in the worst situations imaginable. Here are a few suggestions: