TV shows love to show kids swinging from the chandeliers, scribbling on walls and flinging spaghetti at perfect strangers. Take your kid to work? Oy vey no! We’ve all seen that sitcom. A child goes missing, along with some printer ink, the merger deal and a four carat diamond.
While I do feel there are some situations that are not appropriate for kids, I have found that kids really are capable of behaving in a lot of situations where parents fear to tread. And sometimes we have no choice – we have to fly, drive and wait in lines, after all.
You don’t want to be that family that everyone cringes about having dinner with, do you?
The key? Preparation!
First of all: I’m not just preaching to the choir. I’m walking the walk. Yesterday, after my childcare fell through, I attended an hour long IEP meeting for my oldest daughter, with my three other kids in tow. No pressure there – just me and a bunch of child psychs and educators etc sitting around a table while my other three kids waited without me (GULP) in the next room. It’s not like all these professionals would judge me, right? After all, my two middle kids seem old enough to amuse themselves.
However, they don’t always get along. My daughter has a tendency to yell at her younger sibs, when they get “annoying.” The 8-year-old loves to goad his little brother. When the older two start bickering, the 4-year old starts climbing to the highest place in the room, looking for the printer ink and a dagger.
In other words, I’ve still got to use the same techniques I’ve employed since I had a houseful of toddlers. I find myself pulling this same bag of tricks out again and again. The key here, as with most things in life, is a PLAN.
Bonus: These strategies work with tag-along significant others who hate shopping, as well.
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Disclaimer: My kids are far from perfect. They pitch fits, ignore me and meltdown, just like the other mortals. But when push comes to shove, I’m glad to know they can, and do behave.
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