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What Do You Do When Your Two Year Old Identical Triplets Misbehave In Public?

March 29, 2011 by Kimberly O'Bannon  
Filed under High Risk Pregnancy

When children are little it’s hard to get them all doing the same thing at once.

And when you are out in public it’s not only frustrating but also potentially embarrassing as your kids may be making a scene . . .

identical triplets

The other day my husband and I were out at a restaurant when I noticed a set of identical triplets sitting with their mom.

Two of the boys were eating happily, while the third one was fussing.  Everything his mom offered him was met with a loud, “NO!”

The people around them were staring. The mom had her head in her hands.  She had an expression of utter despair on her face and was obviously frustrated.

I turned to my husband and asked, “Do you remember those days?”

Oh how I can relate to that poor mother!  It is so challenging to have more than one child all eating at the same time.  Even getting them all not fussing is a HUGE accomplishment.  For some reason especially when you’re in a public place like a restaurant!

So what can you do when your two year-old identical triplets misbehave in a public restaurant?

1) You can leave the restaurant, either getting take-out to have at home or just fixing them something at home.

2) Take the misbehaving child aside to determine the cause.  The child above was rubbing his eyes and yawning.  I wondered if it was time for his nap . . .

3) Keep your identical triplets on a schedule and take them after their naps. When they’re rested, they’re more likely to be in good moods and see eating out as an adventure not a chore.

4) Choose a restaurant where each child likes something on the menu. This increases the likelihood that all of your children will enjoy the meal.

5) Consider feeding your children in their stroller. This way they cannot wander off and are less distracted.  Many children often seem more comfortable in their own stroller which is familiar to your identical triplets.  This is especially true while the restaurant may be unfamiliar to your kids, they know their stroller.

Sometimes no matter what you do, it seems as though your kids will defy you.

While sometimes it’s related to their age, there are positive parenting ways to change their behavior.

Do you know that “time-outs” actually are not a good way to control your stubborn child?  And that a lot of advice from “child experts” may actually lead to low self-esteem and bigger problems down the road?

It’s true!

What’s the answer?  Positive parenting.  There are many ways to help your children grow into healthy well-adjusted adults.

And now you can find them in a new resource.  Click on this link for techniques to end bad behavior.

To Your Abundant Life with Multiples,

Kimberly O’Bannon

Ambassador of Positive Parenting,
AKA MultiMommy


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