Shannon Burton

This isn't about speaking up, really, but a great tool I've used for
the past couple of years is a little bottle of bubbles that I keep in
my purse. It's larger than those wedding bubbles, but smaller than a
"standard" bottle; I guess it's 3 ounces or so.

If I'm in the grocery store or Target or wherever and I see that a
child is having a meltdown, and either the parent isn't responding or
is getting more and more angry, I'll get out the bubbles. I can stand
some distance away and blow the bubbles in their direction - kids are
enchanted with bubbles, and it usually works to completely dismantle (?
not the right word) the situation. The child gets distracted and
sometimes happy, and the parent gets a minute to breathe. I've only had
one negative reaction in the many times I've done this.

I had to look hard to find a good bottle that didn't leak in my purse.

I like this...the kids and I will start looking for a bottle tomorrow - thanks!

"There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap." - Cynthia Heimel

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