Army of Mom

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Temper tantrum

As my 4-year-old sits in her room pitching a fit as we speak (she is tired and needs a nap, but doesn't want to sleep), I can appreciate how hard it is to deal with a tantrumming (is that a word?) child.

Sometimes they don't want to calm down or the time of day is bad, the kid may not feel well - all kinds of reasons for a kit to pitch a fit. However, I think the airlines was more than fair giving these people an additional 15 minutes past take off time to help calm their child before removing the family from the plane. If this 3-year-old was hitting her parents and hiding under the seat, it sounds to me like mom and dad have let the child have control rather than assert their authority as parents. This was probably not a first-time offense for this child, I'd be willing to bet. I think the parents got out easy by getting to fly home the next day AND get free passes from the airline. Could be that the child needed a nap or whatever and flying the next day was a better option for the kiddo. Who knows? But, I wouldn't want to be on a plane with that kid or her parents.


  • At 10:14 PM, January 26, 2007, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I found an interesting story on How to cope with a child's tantrum on a plane and I had to laugh that there was a need for an article like this.

    Just seems obvious to me. You prepare the child ahead of time with what to expect, you bring distractions (in the way of new toys, coloring books, etc.) and you bring rewards such as gum or a sucker or something (which helps with their popping ears as a bonus). Then, when all else fails, you just tell the kid that this is the way it is and buckle the little brat in.

    *shrug* Did I miss anything?


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