The Public Meltdown
No mom has ever escaped the threat of the stage-five meltdown in front of others. Whether it's the store, the park, the library or anywhere else your kid's expected to behave, going public with a small child is a lot like walking through a minefield. As your child wails and carries on, you probably start feeling like you should never leave the house again. How to deal: Yup, we'll admit that the public tantrum sucks. But the best way to deal is to refuse to deal at all. Leave ASAP; there's probably some specific reason that your little one is acting up, like hunger or fatigue. Both of you should take a time-out before braving the store again.