We have all looked on in horror as in the middle of the supermarket a poor, beleaguered parent has been held to ransom by a pint-sized toddler throwing the granddaddy of all tantrums. You may even have been unlucky enough to have been one of those parents. Even knowing that you are not the only person that this has ever happened to will not be enough to make you feel less guilty, embarrassed or just downright ashamed that you have such an appallingly behaved child.
What is it about a supermarket aisle that can bring out the worst in even the most mild-tempered toddler? It could be the heightened atmosphere; all that noise, excitement, bright lights and fancy displays are meant to increase your appetite to buy things you probably do not want or need. Unfortunately, they can also bring out the worst in your little ones. Let’s face it, shopping and toddlers are never a good mix.
Experienced parents know that a toddler in full tantrum mode cannot be negotiated with; threats are useless once the tantrum is underway. Anyway, the time for punishment comes after the tantrum is well and truly over. There is not much you can do apart from abandoning all pretence of shopping and get out of there as soon as your child has calmed down enough to get them to the parking lot.
The only way to avoid a potential tantrum is to leave your toddlers behind and do the shopping on your own. You will have the added bonus of a hassle-free experience devoid of pester-power. In case you aren’t familiar with the term ‘pester-power’ it is a formidable weapon in a child’s armoury when they want something. It is also a concept beloved by marketers who know that they can get to you via your beloved children but I digress. Leaving the kids at home is the best way to avoid the temper-tantrum.
Successful, toddler-free shopping takes careful planning, but in the end it will all be worth it. Here are a few ideas:
Prevention is always so much better than cure. And let’s face it – there really is no on-the-spot cure for a tantrum. Leave your little ones at home and enjoy a quiet, quick and hassle-free shopping experience.