I often hear friends say, "My child is unruly in Kroger!" or "I am too embarrassed to even go shoe shopping with Taylor. She screams and cries until we leave." Trust me--as a mom of 3 and teacher of 103, I have also dealt with my share of irate toddlers and adolescents! In fact, these very same thoughts I have had myself. Maybe I'll just wait until they are 18 to ever venture to Wal-mart again. ;-)
But be encouraged! I want to share a proactive strategy that has worked really well for me in these cases!
This same proactive principle applies to my classroom. "Girls and boys, today we are going to have a great day! We are not going to argue over whose turn it is at the computer center" or "We are going to have a ball in the library, but remember, we are going to walk and whisper if we want our full break time!"
I wish I could tell you that this system came with a 100% guarantee, but unfortunately I cannot. What a can say is that this approach has drastically reduced the amount of crying (by my kids and me) whenever I head out to shop, church, browse, etc. Call it proactive discipline, call it the power of positive thinking..either way try it and see if you find a little more success with this approach to correction and redirection. Today is a gift--that's why they call it the present...Blessings, Shannon