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What To Do When Your Child Throws A Temper Tantrum In Public

Knowing what to do when your child throws a temper tantrum in public will save you from making a parenting mistake that actually encourages bad behavior. Don’t dread taking your child places with you. Your child is great and with a little intention, most (if not all) your shopping trips and outings can be pleasant!

crying little girl throwing a tantrum in public. her mom needs to know what to do when her child throws a tantrum in public

JCPenney Temper Tantrum

I remember being in JC Penney at some point in 2008 when my then 2-year-old decided he wasn’t done looking at the toys and wasn’t ready to go. I had been intentionally training him on good behavior at home, but this was one of the first times (I remember) needing to do it in public.

I was actually excited. So weird, yes I know. But… I was just so grateful to be his mommy and to have a chance to teach him the difference between behaviors that bring about a blessing and the ones that do not!

So we set about our child training and one thing I remember most of all is that I didn’t care one tiny bit what other people thought. I didn’t even consider it to be honest. This was my child and his well being far surpassed any stares or judgment.

We made it through that trip, and frankly, it really wasn’t that bad. Because I knew how to respond and what NOT to do, he only got upset for a couple of minutes, then we were on our way.

What To Do When Your Child Throws A Temper Tantrum In Public.

Healthy parental responses.

What NOT To Do When Your Child Throws A Temper Tantrum In Public.

Unhealthy parental responses.

Tantrums are obnoxious, but truly… that’s all they are. They are one tiny little battle in your call to raising a well-behaved child. They seem like such a big hurdle because moms, more times than not, unknowingly perpetuate the bad behavior.

You have to win the war for the good of your child’s life and the betterment of your family. Winning the temper tantrum battle means teaching your child, she doesn’t ever want to tantrum again.

Great child training takes time and effort. If you make stopping tantrums right then and there, the goal, you’ll likely be asking for more! However, when your goal is to raise a well-behaved child, you’ll get great long-term results.

Determined To End Temper Tantrums

Being determined to train a child to be well-behaved child is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a mom. Because, here’s the truth… you are training her something! Whether intentionally or by accident, you are training her.

Do you want to be able to take your child out and about with you without dreading it? Yes, of course, who wouldn’t?

That means you’ll have to put some effort in. Fortunately, the steps are pretty simple, once you make up your mind to win the war instead of being embarrassed by the battle.

No More Public Temper Tantrums.

Every decision you make is training your child something, including what to do when your child throws a tantrum in public. Are you training her to keep throwing tantrums or to stop? Be very intentional to not respond the wrong way, choose an appropriate response instead, and whatever you do… follow through!

Pleasant shopping trips with a sweet kid playing happily in the cart are not ideal or a fairy tale. It’s completely possible.


Hi there! I'm Mama Duck,

I'm a stay-at-home/work-at-home, homeschooling Mama of 4 beautiful kiddos, wife to my loving husband, Parenting Coach, Speaker, and Writer. I adore the sound of my children's giggles, that first sip of hot coffee, and a snuggly blanket fresh out of the dryer. Here on Faithful Parenting, my heart is to equip mamas with the skills, knowledge, and biblical wisdom to raise fantastic kids and build a tethered family!