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A couple of weeks ago my 17 month-old son and I were invited to have a playdate with one of my friends and her children. We thought that we would go to a Fun Park where there is a soft-play area for the children which included tunnels and slides. She had taken her kids there before and they enjoyed it. And I thought that since my son was the same age as her son, that we would enjoy it. So we got there and took the kids to the soft-play area and helped them climb up the tubes and go down the slides. My son HATED it!!! I guess he did enjoy going down the slide, but that was about it. He was having a meltdown every 5 seconds, I swear! So I decided to let him play on an arcade game where you drove a car. He could have played on that thing the ENTIRE time! But when it was time to go I had to pry him off of that thing and that's when the meltdown REALLY started!! Oh Boy!!!
Then it was lunch time and so we took the kids to eat. It was a restaurant that wasn't really kid-friendly, but the food was de-lish!! Mmmm! Just thinking about it is making my mouth water. Anyway, I bought some food that I thought my son would eat and he refused to eat anything! He just wanted to run around and if I even tried to hold him on my lap it was fight.
I've had similar instances in the grocery store where all he does is throw a fit, even if we've only been in the store for 5 minutes. And all I wanna do is leave my cart of groceries in the cart at the store and high-tail it outta there!
So, what do you do when you take your child to do something fun and he/she has a meltdown?
What about if it is something like going grocery shopping or going out to eat? What do you do then?
I know you've all been there, so let's here what you did or what you wanted to do!