Sometimes, a lot of things in a store can catch your child's fancy and he may immediately want them. But, is there a way to finish your shopping without giving to your child's demands?
By Ashwin Lobo
It is a typical lazy Sunday afternoon when Rekha decides to take her daughter Ria to the nearby supermarket. But, can you imagine what could be happening there? Let's tiptoe behind the mother–daughter duo to see for ourselves:
Ria: Amma, I want that doll with black curly hair.
Rekha: You already have many dolls and toys at home, darling. And, you don't even play with most of them! I am not going to buy you another one at this time.
Ria: (Raising her voice) But, that doll is so pretty. I want it. Please get it for me, Amma.
Rekha: (In a stern tone) Ria, I am not going to buy that doll for you. Now, be a good girl and let's go on.
Rekha pushes the shopping cart and takes a few steps forward to look for the next item on her list. But, Ria is still standing at the toys section. After a few moments, she lets out a loud wail. Startled, and embarrassed, Rekha rushes towards her. With great difficulty, she picks up the crying, wriggling child and manages to quickly push the cart towards the billing counter. And all the while, she studiously avoids the gaze of the onlookers.
Have you also experienced such moments? Does your child also show signs of a meltdown in a store when his demands are turned down?
A child wailing loudly in a public place like a store can be a parent's nightmare. The creeping feeling of embarrassment, the thought of becoming the centre of attraction for all the wrong reasons and not knowing how to set things right can all be very unsettling for any parent.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your child leaves the shop without making several demands.
Ultimately, getting your child to leave a store without asking for something is a matter of discipline and habit. Most young children make these demands as they don't realise that they can’t have everything they want. As a parent, it is important for you to put your foot down at times to teach your children the difference between wants and needs. Trust us, when your children grow up, they will be deeply grateful to you for what you have taught them.
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