I chose this picture because it is how my son looked for about a quarter of his second year. He had horrendous tantrums, some clocking in at 2 hours long. He grew out of them, but every once in a while he gets overwhelmed, too hungry, too tired, or all of the above and ends up crying on the floor as we are trying to load up the car and leave church. Yes...this happened just last week. All I could do was leave him in a safe spot, go to the car and load up my baby, and then come back for him. I just ignore it most of the time now. When he was younger I would rock him and sing to him or pay no attention to the behavior depending on the situation, and just waited it out.
If it happens in public I don't give into his tantrum and go about my business like I don't have a crying child. I get a lot of looks from other people, but I figure teaching my child is more important that other people's opinions. I know there have to be more creative ways to handle it though.
One mom just told me of a trick that I have yet to try out. She said to ask you child about something that is interesting to them and requires more than a yes or no answer. For example, you could ask, "Did you see that dinosaur walking by? What color was it?" She has a pretty rambunctious three year old and she says it works for her. I don't know about my oldest...I question whether it would work for him, but I am willing to try. Luckily he is out of the terrible two tantrum phase and hasn't even had a tantrum in the last few days for me to experiment on.
What are your tips or tricks for tantrums?
What is your worst/most embarrassing tantrum story?