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my 2.5 yr old is a nightmare in public but fine at home, what do I do?

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3 years ago
My husband is deployed so it is just me with my 6 yr old and 2 yr old. That means they go everywhere and do everything with me. My daughter refuses to behave or cooperate anything we are out and about. She climbs out of the cart at the store, throws fits, climbs out of her stroller, runs off and loses it if you impede her in anyway. I hate going places because I always feel like she is a ticking time bomb and I don't really enjoy myself because I am too busy doing damage control with her. At home she tries to get into things but the house is pretty much baby proof but she doesn't really throw fits. I am at my wits end I feel like a bad mom! What to do?

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3 years ago
Souds like she just wants attention. What I do with my daughter is when I'm at home and she is acting up I don't aknowledge it, when she calms down and starts playing well I encourage that by telling her what a good girl she is for playing and being calm. that way she cooralates attention with good behavior. I would also see if maybe a neighbor would come over while she is napping or in bed for the night and watch her so you could maybe get some stuff done without the hassle. Don't worry you're no a bad mom just a mom of a typical two year old.
3 years ago
Ahhh, the terrible twos. I've gone through it twice with my 4 and 6 year old, now I'm having double terrible two trouble with my 2 year old twins. They're either fighting with each other or joining forces to gang up against me these days. What I do is stay calm, give them affective discipline, and stick to punishments. Be strong about discipline, but also make a big deal when she's good.
3 years ago
Ahhh, the terrible twos. I've gone through it twice with my 4 and 6 year old, now I'm having double terrible two trouble with my 2 year old twins. They're either fighting with each other or joining forces to gang up against me these days. What I do is stay calm, give them affective discipline, and stick to punishments. Be strong about discipline, but also make a big deal when she's good.
3 years ago
I think she knows that you cannot really do anything out in public. You cannot put her in time out and I am sure (I am) you are a little more mellow when trying to get her to listen at the store then at home because everyone is watching so they work off of that. I know people say just leave and go to the car and try to gain composed there but that can be hard when you want to get things done, do not really have time. My husband works a lot so it is me and my 2 a lot of the time. My oldest is 2 and it can be hard when she is acting up, you want to see like you have it all together when most times you don't.Sometime incentive works. My daughter rarely gets juice boxes so sometime I tell her if you are good when we get to the car you can have a juice, I also get apple sauce that is in a pouch and she drinks it, she loves this and they are healthy. But she only gets them if she is good. She also like stickers.My daugher also likes to help me pick stuff out and put it in the cart then give it to the cashier. This keeps her busy. Just some ideas but I know it can be tough.
3 years ago
When she starts acting like that the best thing you can do is give her a time out or just leave the store. When she starts misbehaving tell her that she cannot act that way, that she needs to sit down and use an indoor voice, otherwise you will leave. If she doesn't behave properly take your kids, leave the store and tell her why you're leaving. Also, take your kids out for fun outings too so they don't always feel like they're going on a boring trip to the grocery store.

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