He throws a tantrum
1 PREVENT AND DISTRACT
If you’ve made the mistake of taking along a tired, hungry toddler to do a weekly shop, use distraction. Sally-Anne advises avoiding the confectionery and toy aisles at all costs. “Bring a favourite snack or drink to give him or let him help you by giving him a list that he can tick things off as you both find them,” says Sally-Anne.
2 IGNORE ONLOOKERS
Repeat after us: you’re not the first mum to witness her child thrashing around in a rage on the supermarket floor. “With four children of my own, I know that however you respond to a tantrum in public, people will still watch you. My advice is to ignore the onlookers and just focus on your child,” says Sally-Anne. “Slow down your breathing and try to stay calm. Hopefully your toddler will calm down, too.”
3 GIVE HIM A CUDDLE
Realising that he can’t control his emotions can be an overwhelming experience, and your toddler will need reassurance that you still love him despite his outburst. “Once you’ve explained your point, get down to his level and ask him if he’d like a hug,” says Naomi. No doubt it will make you feel better, too!