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I have heard so many parents question why their normally well be haved kids act out in public. They say at home or at familiar places, their kids are generally good kids. However, they try to go out to eat or to a birthday party and they aren’t so well behaved.
Ever since my son was old enough to take out of the house, we have taken him out with us where ever we go. Part of his integration into life involves being out of the house and around others.
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 The Importance of Teaching Kid’s How to Behave In Public

Kids and babies can be easily over stimulated. It’s easy for this to happen when they are in a new, exciting place. I have many mom friends who can’t meet my kids and I for lunch anywhere without a play place because their child can’t sit still. And I’m not saying that kid’s aren’t allowed to have fun, but I hate fast food. I. Hate. Fast. Food. I don’t want to eat it and I don’t want my kids to eat it. Back to the point, I’ve helped my children learn how to “sit still” (as still as a toddler and baby can), in a restaurant while we enjoy a meal. My almost 3 year old even orders his own food! I can’t imagine having a restricted list of places I could take my kids. Don’t limit your self your your child by not teaching them good habits in public. My toddler is a model citizen when we go out, and that’s because he’s been doing it his whole life. I can honesty he hasn’t had a tantrum in public. He’s probably better behaved when we’re out than when we are at home! So from a mother who knows her stuff when talking about teaching kids how to behave in public, here are my best tips!

Start early: the earlier you start taking your baby out, the sooner they will know it’s normal and not something overwhelming. That said, I did keep my babies home till about 2-3 months old. If you have your baby in cold and flu season, you might want to wait longer.
Go out often: take your baby with you to the grocery store, to lunch with your aunt, and dinner with your spouse. It’s convenient to leave the baby home with your spouse, their grandparent, or a babysitter but your baby will benefit from going out with you and it will get easier for you the more you do it.
Encourage good behavior: when I take my kids out and they are being good, I’m almost constantly telling them how great they are behaving, thanking them for being so good, and telling them about something fun we can do when we get home. This kind of positive reinforcement is helpful with people of all ages. It’s proven that complementing someone when they are doing good makes them want to be even better. I’ve seen my toddler, my baby, and even my husband respond to this and it works wonderfully.
If you have a baby or toddler who has already grown to hate going out or constantly misbehaves in public, you can try going on short outings frequently. Rather than taking your toddler to a big Costco run, take him or her with you on a quick run to the store for milk. It will be harder to over come set in behavior but the best time to start correcting it is now.

Do you have any other tips for taking babies and children out in public? 

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