Stopping a Meltdown in Its Tracks

By Abby Tolbert /

Meltdowns are unpredictable. Literally any minor inconvenience can spark a stare-worthy tantrum from even the best-behaved tots. (just check out the hashtag #ReasonsMyKidIsCrying on Instagram) But how do you stop a runaway train that’s already left the station? Specifically, how does one corale a tiny maniac who is throwing themselves on the floor of the produce section?

Don’t bother getting mad at your child: The way that they’re acting? Totally uncool. Getting bent out of shape about it? Totally not worth it. You can be stressed and exhausted ‘till the cows come home, but anger is unproductive. Just breathe.

Leave if you have to: Scolding your kids in public is infinitely harder than scolding them within the privacy of your own home. When in doubt, remove them from the situation if things get out of control and give them a talking to when you get home.

Buy the damn cookie: Or toy, or whatever. It might go against your beliefs as a parent. It might make you feel like a spoiled-brat-enabling-pushover. But every exhausted Mom or Dad needs to surrender to the madness every once in a while. 

Let go of what others think: Let onlookers stare, judge, and roll their eyes. Anybody who doesn’t empathize with you while your kid is losing his/her mind either doesn’t get it or kinda sucks. Remember you’re doing your best. 

Don’t let the tantrum define your child: Every kid has tantrums. It doesn’t make them a bad kid, and it doesn’t make you a bad parent. 


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