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Tantrum tip

When your children are throwing a tantrum in the car and you just need a break - even if only for a few seconds - randomly scream out a word (e.g., tree, truck, school bus, or car).  It doesn't have to be something that you actually see or it could be something completely obvious.  If it's not something that's really there, I find that screaming a word that may be difficult to see, like 'squirrel', is helpful as it gives kids a chance to search for said squirrel [idea is not my own, came from watching Up too many times to count].

What's the worst that could happen?  Your kids are already screaming, so perhaps your one-word scream will be enough of a diversionary tactic to actually cause them to stop screaming.

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