Temper Tantrums: Mama Don't Play That Game

When temper tantrums hit, this mom doesn't back down. Illustration by Dori Hartley
It's one of those mornings. I try not to take them personally. There's no rhyme or reason to it. Daughter #2 had gone to bed at a sensible 8:15...
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Don't Let Public Temper Tantrums Give You Fits

Stay calm when your child melts down in public. Credit: Felipe Pimentel, Flickr
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