Supernanny on Speed Dial

Before I had my daughter, I would watch Supernanny & think about how bad these kids were behaving and who are these parents that let their kids get away with it? Well, last week at my cousin’s birthday party held at a family fun center, I felt the Supernanny hidden camera on me.

I went to the birthday party by myself since my husband was working that day and knew that I was getting into a potentially dangerous situation since the party was during naptime. I was hoping that PP would sleep on the ride down, but no such luck (actually she got up pretty early that day too).  So, after going on the Shuttle Train ride for the second time (PP called it the Rocketship from Little Einsteins), I knew that we were in trouble. When the woman unfastened her seat belt, PP quickly refastened it saying, “No, again!” I obliged, giving the woman my two tickets again–what’s the harm, right?  Well, after the third time, it really was time to get off the ride. So, I had to deal with PP kicking & screaming, “No!” as I lifted her out of the ride.

We played a few more games & went on the “rocketship” a couple more times again. The big issue came when we had to go upstairs for lunch. When PP realized that she wasn’t going to be able to play anymore, she began to kick & scream hysterically, yelling “Play, Play!” I put her down for a second & she took off down the stairs & made a beeline for the rocketship. I corralled her back & sat down long enough to shove a slice of pizza in my mouth. I then took PP to a quiet area of the room & explained to her that we need to sit down & have lunch & cake for the birthday party, then we could go back downstairs and play. I asked her if she understood and she replied “yes.”  When we went back to sit down, I was met with the same frantic reception. So, I removed her from the situation and tried again. Same thing happened.

In order to avoid listening to my screaming daughter the whole time (me and the other guests), I decide to leave. I channeled the Supernanny throughout the experience asking myself, “What would Jo do?”  I thought I had it covered, but in any event, I had to leave early (sans cake).

I having been looking online for tips on temper tantrums & have learned some interesting things. Do you have any tips that worked for you?? Send them my way before my next birthday party meltdown!

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4 Responses to “Supernanny on Speed Dial”

  1. Nicole April 22, 2008 at 7:59 pm #

    ahh, we’ve all been there. And you brought up a good point- my son only throws tantrums or breaks bad when he’s tired.
    He’s 4 now and really doesn’t throw a ‘tantrum’ very often but when he does I take a deep breath that he can see me do, tell him I think he needs to calm down (very matter of factly) and walk to another room or a few feet away.
    It takes many times of doing this but it has finally worked for me… b/c he’s tired, knows he won’t get a response from me and I’ll be there to give him a hug when he’s calmed down.
    Good luck :)

  2. Poli April 23, 2008 at 4:12 am #

    Well, I think all kids do that once in a while:) Not everyone can be a Supernanny but you could be a super parent and that will be enough;)

  3. Melissa April 23, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    Thanks for the tip, Nicole–I know consistency & patience is key!

  4. Elizabeth May 10, 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    Speaking of Supernanny, the episode the other night dealt with exactly this. Tantrums in public. Her advice was to give the child a warning ten minutes before it was time to leave. Then again at 5 minutes, then 3 minutes, then 1 minute and then it was time to go. Miraculously it worked!!!! Good luck:)