It’s almost inevitable: kids will behave badly in public and moms and dads will turn red with shame and guilt that their little ones are creating a scene. So what’s a mom to do when her child begins to behave badly in public? How can a mom teach her children to behave themselves?
- Begin setting very clear expectations at a young age. Even when your children are only about two, you can convey your expectations to them and when you have defined the ‘code of conduct’ for your household.
- Make house rules. You can make rules but if you don’t work on tucking integrity and character in your child, eventually, he/she will no longer feel bound by your rules because he/she does not feel the need to do what you say any longer.
- Teach your children how to become problem solvers. Many time children feel frustrated because they can’t do something or figure it out on their own. Parents often become their problem solvers, so they go to them for every little thing and never learn to figure things out on their own.
- Control your reaction. Let them scream for a short time, and ignore their bad behavior. Some children will figure out that screaming is not working and they will calm down. If the screaming is persistent, leave the store and shop later.