After leaving our first Love and Logic class we picked up our kids from childcare. We got some animal crackers from the vending machine and were on our way to the car. Our 5 year old ran ahead of us and we asked her to come back several times. She ignored us.
When I was buckling her into the car seat I said, “Poor thing, you didn’t listen to daddy, so you don’t get to eat your animal crackers now.”
She was very upset and started screaming “Daddy, I want animal crackers!”
I responded, “I know.”
As she screamed it louder and louder each time and I calmly responded, “I know.”
Her mother had to hide her face in her scarf because she started to giggle. After about 10 minutes, my daughter stopped yelling and started giggling too!
We were thrilled that we stayed calm through the tantrum and happy that we were strong enough to hold the limit firm.
©2010 Shelly Moorman, Head & Heart Parents
As author of the easy-to-read “Save Your Sanity” series, Kerry helps parents save their sanity and sense of humor while raising young children with love and laughter.