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Fri., Jan. 23, 2009, 1:18 p.m.

Tantrums: Clean Up On Aisle 5

Forget about football and basketball. Tantrum-defusing is Spokane’s No. 1 spectator sport. Practically everybody goes to the grocery store. And sooner or later we all witness little kids having meltdowns. So we also get to see how parents handle these public scenes. As you might have noticed, approaches and results vary. Some parents remain calm. They count on exhaustion or the eventual triumph of reason. Others lose it right along with their child down there on the floor, kicking and screaming. That can get ugly. Now it almost goes without saying that there are right ways and wrong ways to conduct yourself on the periphery of a category 5 tantrum/Paul Turner, SR Slice, More here.

Question: Paul Turner goes on to give several "right" and "wrong" ways to handle a tantrum when someone else's kid is throwing a fit. How do you handle a tantrum when you encounter one at a store?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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