Posted by Dinah on July 12, 2012, at 10:05:49
In reply to Re: Re Instead...., posted by linkadge on July 11, 2012, at 22:12:59
Mid tantrum is never the best time for reason. But talking to your children all the time about candy being a very occasional treat, and being consistent about not getting it, prevents a lot of tantrums.
I only remember my son having a tantrum once when he didn't want to leave an activity. When he threw himself on the ground and howled, I sat down next to him, agreed it was terrible to have to leave, and howled myself. (I'll point out that we were among friends.) He was so startled that he got up and we left. I'm not altogether sure that that was the best tactic either. Parenting is full of being not at all sure what on earth to do, and just doing the best I can. I hope my son recognizes that some day.