It's Friday here which means that it's my day off. I went shopping with Lilah today to AirPort West Shopping Centre and Target was our first stop.
Before we even walked in I knew I was headed for trouble. Through the glass was a display climbing contraption smack dab in the middle of the Ladies clothing. Ofcourse it had a sign on it that read "Please do not climb". This thing was right as you walk in the door and could not be missed by any toddler. And ofcourse, my toddler didn't miss it.
Lilah ran straight for it and kept saying 'slide slide". I reluctantly let her play on it for a few minutes. I stood there in the middle of the ladies clothing section preparing myself for the screaming, and back arching when I told her it was time to go and to get off the apparatus.
I said in a nice voice "ok, come on now Lulu, it's time to go" - she ignored me. I said it again in a nice tone of voice and attempted to grab her hand, but it she quickly flung it away and kept on going. I knew. I knew I was in for a fight...in Target, close to the entrance where people are walking in and out and would be staring at me. Also, remember that this climbing structure is in front of the glass so all the people outside Target that are sitting down at the coffee place enjoying their cuppa will be seeing my toddler screaming and flailing herself all over the place.
So I stood there for another few minutes because I just wasn't ready to have this fight with my 21 month old.
I finally grabbed her hand and just as she's about to fling it away and say "Noooooo", I grabbed it a little tighter and tried re-directing her away from the structure. She then turned into this pasta noodle flopping all over the floor and screaming.
I'd say that i'm relatively new to this toddler tantrum throwing thing because Eve never did this type of thing. She was always so good, and I could coax her into leaving something like this without a fight. Lilah is such a different child and I knew the inevitable was going to happen when I attempted to take her away from playing.
I am that mom now. I'm that mom in Target and the supermarket with the screaming child.
What do you do when your child throws a fit in public??
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