Misbehavior At The Supermarket
Toddlers can learn a lot by going shopping with you. They can also get into trouble at the supermarket. Here are some tips:
- First: To prevent grabbing food off the shelves, distract your child. On arrival get her a snack, such as animal cookies. Keep her sitting in the grocery cart seat and hand her foods to place in the basket. Talk with your child as you shop so that she feels involved.
- Second: For having a temper tantrum when told she can't have a toy or candy, remain firm. If your child is having a tantrum in a safe place, walk on and she will usually stand up and follow you. If your child is near breakable objects or is a reckless child, put her in the grocery cart or take her outside for a time-out.
- Third: For running off, put your child in the grocery cart for 3 minutes. When you let her out, give her something to do like helping you push the cart.
- Finally: If your child constantly misbehaves at the store, leave her with a sitter next time you go. But be sure to tell her that you're going shopping. Don't take her again until she promises to stay with you and not to touch anything without asking first.
If you have other questions about your child's behavior, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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