Super Mom Temper Tantrum Hacks
When you're in the grocery line and your kid starts to throw a fit over a pack of M&Ms do you get embarrassed, get frustrated, give in? Are you at a loss for words and don't know what to do when your child has a temper tantrum. Don't lose your super mom powers. We've got this together! ♥
It's extremely important you know your child's sleep routine and avoid going to the grocery store during nap time hours. Go after the kids are well-rested, so they're less cranky! If you have to go during nap hours use the next hacks to help eliminate the temper tantrums.
Candy Aisle Games
Okay, so we have all been there. The kids are starving you're in the check out lane. You eye your child and his eyes are stuck out starring at all the delicious looking candy. You know the last thing you want to buy your three-year old child is a huge candy bar filled with tons of sugar. He looks at you, you look at him. At this moment you know he is going to throw a fit because you're not going to let him get that sugary candy bar, even though he seen the child before him get the same one. Your child starts to get mad and your face starts to flush with red and you feel everyone in the grocery store looking at you. What do you do?
- STOP! Don't lose your cool. One hack you can do is accidentally drop something out of your cart (your keys, something that will break his attention from the candy bars) say, “Oh no!” Ask your child to get your keys. Praise him for getting your keys and say I still need your help! Please come quick and count all the items in the cart. If he hears your voice hurried. He will be sure to help. Let him know you need to make sure you have all of the items you need. You could even go through the colors. How many red ones do we have, how many blue? How many of these items go in the freezer? Little games that will break his/her attention from the candy bars and before they know it you'll be out of the store.
- Prior to getting in the check out line be sure to have your distractions ready. Ask him to put the items on the belt or use a timer. Let them hold it and make a competetion where you have only five minutes to get through this check out line. If you beat your time do something special with them such as play a game, read a book, or another fun thing they would enjoy doing just with mommy.
- Play Eye Spy (non candy items)
- Another idea is to have him or her use a Melissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart this will help keep them busy and from getting bored. My kids always loved to take a turn putting items from the list in their own cart. 🙂
Early Morning Errands
One benefit to getting errands done earlier in the day is the kids will already feel refreshed and should be in a pretty good mood. Plus, the grocery store will be less crowded!
When her belly is hungry and she see's all the delicious food at the grocery store she is more out to throw a temper tantrum. A great way to eliminate that is to keep snacks in your purse. Some great options that will take a little while to eat (so you can shop) are raisins, a sucker, gold-fish, Cheerios, dried fruit mix, and many others. If you need other snack ideas check out all the great snack ideas listed on Disney Style Snack Boxes For On The Go.
Let them hold the Toy!
Okay, so seeing that title you may be thinking… what?! Give in? No… that's not what that means. Often times when I would take my children to the store their curiosity would focus in on a certain toy or food item. Just like our own curiosity we have to touch and feel. The best way for them to understand what the item is, is to just see it for a minute. After they get to see it, give them a warning of a minute and let them know they have to say bye to the item. As we are putting the item back on the shelf I say to them, “say bye-bye to the toy, bye-bye toy”. This has worked with all three of my children. It gives them the opportunity to see it but then also know they have to give it up.
One of my FAV. Super Mom Hacks at the Park
Just imagine being at a theme park and you're in the middle of the funnest ride and it stops sooner than you expect. The attendant comes over and says get off the ride let's go. You're irritated and want to know why you just stood in a line for an hour to have a crappy finish. It's the same thing with kids when they're in the middle of playing at the park it's their theme park for the day. The best way to avoid temper tantrums when you get ready to leave is to give them a warning. The first warning could be 10 minutes, the second warning 5 minutes, the 3rd warning 1 minute, and the last warning could be to go down the slide their very last time and give you a hive five at the end. This will be leaving the park in A LOT better manner and the kids will be less likely to throw a fit. Let me tell you this REALLY works. I have told a lot of moms this same hack and after they used it on their kids they were amazed at how helpful it is. 😀
Now, the next time your child throws a fit over a toy or leaving the park. You will know exactly what to do and your bad ass super mom skills will kick in! Good Luck Mama and remember we've all been there. You've got this!!! 🙂 ♥