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    Default Children's behaviour in shopping centres

    Firstly, apologies if this has been done before!

    I've worked in a shopping centre for 6 years now and while I'm sure there are PLENTY of we behaved tots that go unnoticed, I feel like I'm always hearing screaming, sooking or just plain misbehaving kids!

    Since becoming a mum a year ago I think I'm a little less closed minded about it than I once was (!) but it got me wondering...

    How do you go taking your kids out? Do they behave? Are they angels at home but turn into devil spawns in public? Do you ignore their bad/annoying/noisy behaviour so you can get on with it and get out of there ASAP? Do you even if your kids are acting up?

    Just thought I'd see what thoughts were out there in Bub Hub Land :-)

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    DD2 is a dream to take out, just sits in her pram and watches the world go by.
    DD1 isn't so bad, she sooks and complains about everything and anything.

    I have never had a tantrum in public. My children have never run away from me, and haven't ever misbehaved in public.

    As I said, DD1 sooks and complains, I usually try get her to focus on something either by helping me find something, or getting her to think about what juice she wants from boost juice.

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    Mine was a shopping centre terrorist. It wasn't because I didn't try hard enough or couldn't be bothered. Sure I felt bad for other shoppers but mostly I felt bad for myself. They only had to bear it for a few minutes, I had to take him home with me.

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    Hit or miss with DD she is mostly great. The only dramas we have is she can be a runner she is never "naughty" though. I'd be SO embarrassed if she threw a tantrum haha.
    DD is VERY spirited but I bribe her or take things to occupy her.

    iPod
    Rice crackers
    Apple
    Water bottle

    If she is good she usually gets a "treat" a small toy or book.

    I also let her have a kids troll and let her put everything in it. While I'm occupying her she is great, when he is bored she is a nightmare!

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    First let me assure u that even the most lovely 1yo can turn into one of those tanty checking 3yos
    also the otherwise most lovely 3yo can be overwhelmed by everything and turn into a laying on the floor screaming banshee

    I've got 4 kids. Eldest never did it and i felt superior in my awesome parent ability ha
    2nd had special needs that do not effect his appearance so people had normal expectations but he was sadly pretty much the worst of the worst in terms of shopping centre behaviour. Still is now at 8yo
    3rd fits into both scenarios listed above. Lovely perfect well behaved little man otherwise.
    baby im sure will follow in his eldest siblings footsteps lol

    I don't think its ever that the parent doesn't care or can't be bothered. Its a flipping pain in the butt to us too. Ignoring seems to often be the best tactic hence why it appears we aren't stopping them.

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    If I give my two the rundown on the way to the shops, let them know the expectations and the reward for being good (like a freddo frog once a month or something) then they're usually pretty good.

    If I'm in a hurry and forget to do that, then they can be swayed to the dark side by those bloody $2 rides. I HATE those things! They run to them, climb on and refuse to leave. So when I pick one up, the screaming begins! I cannot stress how much I hate those machines! Turns my well behaving children into nightmares!!

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    Oh to go back to the smug world of one child...lol


    Shopping is boring for a child who is past the , stare at people and smile, stage.
    at around 2, the ego takes hold and children are convinced the world revolves around them. So they get mighty unhappy when they are dragged into a shop.

    To be honest I ignore their sooking, screaming..etc.

    I have to shop. I have to bring my kids. I really cannot be bothered with the judgements of other shoppers, or the comments from the shop assistants.

    I hate shopping with kids.I want to scream and cry too.
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    My kids are good if I time the trip right.

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    Ah, the memories of only one child with few scheduled commitments, it was bliss! I could time shopping trips well and he was usually well behaved as a result. It wasn't without lots of effort and insistence on good behaviour, but it was so much easier than now.

    Now, my ds has kinder and my dd, although little, likes a feed every couple of hours during the day and sleep in between. Finding good timing for shopping is extremely difficult. Times that suit one child rarely suit the other one. Throw any of my own commitments into the mix and things get pretty crazy.

    I'm currently working on ways to minimise shopping trips of any kind with the kids in tow. I wish online grocery shopping wasn't so expensive, it's hard to justify $11 or $13 for delivery when the shops are only 1 minutes drive away.

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    Oh yes that's right the ease of only one kid! its been soooo long id forgotten lol. That's prob why my first was easy to shop with. Right timing. Less outings errands. No siblings to set her off.

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