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How do you deal with a 3 year old not sitting still in a restaurant, running around and throwing a tantrum?

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Sophisticaz 
Agree with the above distractions are good, you know your little one best so go with their intrests. Children love attention whether its for doing something we want or not and they will try their best to get it, so lots of positive reinforcement (praise) ie 'your sitting very nicely well done' when they are doing what you want them to. How is he at home? Does he sit to the table there? Sounds like a silly question but sitting still is a skill that needs practice. Sorry if it sounds like I'm suggesting to suck eggs 😊
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rentrn35e 
Definitely need distractions for the table. Always bring an activity book (colouring book is good for that age). Maybe 3yo is a little young but Where's Wally/Waldo books are awesome as they take so much concentration and feel rewarding. I've seen kids instantly go silent and sit very still as they carefully check every inch of every page.
Sophisticaz 
Agree with the above distractions are good, you know your little one best so go with their intrests. Children love attention whether its for doing something we want or not and they will try their best to get it, so lots of positive reinforcement (praise) ie 'your sitting very nicely well done' when they are doing what you want them to. How is he at home? Does he sit to the table there? Sounds like a silly question but sitting still is a skill that needs practice. Sorry if it sounds like I'm suggesting to suck eggs 😊
Sam 
Ahhh the even more terrible threes 😁 first of all don't be too strict, kids get overwhelmed when being told to sit still, sit down, get off floor etc.. relax a little! Secondly don't look at anyone else, if you do you are bound to get flustered and imagine they are thinking all sorts... calmly talk to child, make a game, sing a silly song and so on. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do and you just have to ride it out! If it's really bad and you are with someone else then I would take the little one outside or to the bathroom even for a minute, sometimes they just need the tantrum cut short by a change of scenery. Good luck!
Guest1209 
Just face up to it - he/ she's a 3 yr old not yet wired to behave like an adult! One day will have it mastered. Just enjoy having a normal healthy child and make sure you eat in places that revere children for being children. Good luck! 😊
Anonymous 
Thanks all, it's really very useful! Really appreciate it!
Celine Bell 
1) ignore all judgy looks. I bet they aren't judging, just feeling your pain 2) order wine (for you) and chips (for the kids). When they arrive, remember (1) above. 3) eat fast. and if they eat faster and get annoying again, order icecream/a babycino and the bill at the same time. 4) always take cash so you don't have to wait for the one old credit card machine to wend it's way to you. @lisa ... there's a piece in this!!

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