There are many reasons why chldren act inappropriately. They may be tired, ill, frustrated, hungry, bored or act out from hurt feelings. Parents need to find out what’s going on, rather than react with anger and frustration. Ask your child what’s wrong. Don’t assume. Children are little people with feelings. You don’t have to coddle, but don’t act harsh with your child. Be prepared, especially with younger children. If we carry baby bags with nourishment, diapers and wipes, be sure to have a child bag with coloring books, crayons, activity books, portable games. This is a good idea for a road trip, as well. Carry healthy snacks for kids, even the big kids. If at all possible, don’t take your child out on an errand when it is close to nap or mealtime. This only creates frustration for parent and child! And remember…you will be more apt to react inappropriately with your child, ” if you are tired, hungry, ill or have hurt feelings!