They're watching you.
You can feel several sets of eyes on you - watching and waiting for your next move.
Your child has just started screaming, and everyone in the store is wondering what will happen next.
You can feel the weight of their stares, judgment, and disapproval. Not to mention their almost morbid curiosity.
It's every parents' nightmare... a public tantrum. It's embarrassing, awkward and humiliating.
Particularly if you don't deal with it 'right'.
So what do you do if you find yourself in the middle of a full-blown tantrum?
Here are a few things to try.
Keep Cool, Calm and Collected
And kids are clever. So naturally they try all sorts of things. Including tantrums.
Our role is to help them work out what works. And what doesn't.
So if your child tries a public temper tantrum and you feel the weight of all those stares, don't drown in embarrassment.
Instead, step into your starring role. Ignore the paparazzi, and keep cool, calm and collected.
And repeat these magic words to yourself:
"I am A Fine Parent!"
This article is an extract of a post that first appeared on A Fine Parent.
Cate is on a mission to help parents stop yelling and create families that listen to each other. She does this while imperfectly parenting two boisterous girls of her own, and learning from her mistakes. Download her free Cheat Sheet to Get Your Kids from "No" to "Yes" in Three Simple Steps and reduce your yelling today.