26 Nov 06
The most important thing is to speak to the child in a low voice. That can be hard if you are short on patience but remember you don't want to make a fool of yourself. Remember that kids are going to do that kind of thing. The best next step is to take your child away from crowds if you can. If you're in church, it may be the hall. If you're in a restaurant or store, it might be the rest room. Then I would just let the child work it out...let them cry for a bit and stomp. They aren't going to hurt anyone. Then when they are calm LATER, if they are old enough to reason with say something like, "I really wasn't happy with the way you acted earlier. Maybe we can try to be a little more grown out next time we go out." This is what I used to try to do with my kids. It works pretty well in general. Don't worry, they grow up after a bit.