Tantrums are a parent’s worst nightmare when they are outside. If you think about it, why is it that it is so embarrassing? Is what people think so important for us that their opinion can make us stress out? I believe we do treat people as if they were more important in our lives. Nevertheless, tantrums are very embarrassing. How do you deal with them? Do you let them get what they want and save you a lot of embarrassment?
This is a tough choice. One minute, your child can be completely satisfied. Five seconds later, they transform themselves into a nightmare for any peace-loving parent. If the tantrum is in a public place, it makes it even more embarrassing.
Celebrity Drew Barrymore recently experienced one of these instances where you’d like the earth to swallow you whole. Her daughter had the mother of all tantrums during a trip to Disney World. When interviewed by Seth Meyers, she described her experience this way: “[Disney] was the best experience ever. I just had tears of joy seeing their joy. But,” she continues, “If you’ve ever taken your kids to Disneyland or Disney World, it all ends at some point in mayhem.”
According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, a temper tantrum can be described as “the expression of a young child’s frustration with the challenges of a moment.” This can come as a result of many reasons. In Drew’s 4-year-old daughter Olive’s case, it was because of sleep deprivation. You have probably experienced some sort of anger rage at some point in your life. You will agree that the thing that made you snap, wasn’t that serious in the first place. Drew further explains the situation, “You’re like ‘I’m here! Let’s skip the nap and let’s go, go, go!’ You want to maximize it.”
Everything goes downhill when Drew tells Olive (her daughter) that she is not allowed to chase ducks in the park. That is all Olive needs to make her take everything to the next level. I won’t lie, it gets very bad, very fast. When Drew sees this, instead of getting upset and ruining their vacation time together, Drew takes a different approach. She decides to make a ‘photo-shoot’ of the whole thing as it unfolds!
Since becoming a toddler, Drew has become much more skillful at dealing with tantrums, she tells Miller:
“I think you should have 10 consistent tools in your arsenal. It’s either the tender loving approach or the ‘I’m very serious approach.’” YouTube has a lot of videos taking a more humorous approach to tantrums, but this one takes the cake for creativity!