Today I want to discuss what you should do when your difficult child acts out in public. I understand that when children act out in public we all feel the world is looking at us and we are easily embarrassed. But, the most important thing to do is stay focused on the problem at hand. You cannot let your child’s bad behavior get you sidetracked.
When your difficult child acts out he is sending you a message. Perhaps, he is over-tired, he is hungry, or he is in a situation he can’t handle. Even though it is embarrassing for you and you feel like everyone is watching you, you have to stay focused. The most important thing to remember when parenting your difficult child is your child comes first.
Your child needs you. He needs you to be a good parent. He needs you to be a strong parent and even though it is embarrassing for you, you have to focus on your child’s needs. So many times a child may need to eat, may need to get out of the situation, he may need redirection from his bad behavior, or he may need more attention from you.
Your difficult child acts out to give you a message. Even though it is embarrassing when it happens in public, you have to respond to your child first and put your feelings aside.
So the next time your child acts out, figure out what the problem is, ignore what people around you are thinking or doing, and take care of your child’s needs first.