Nanny 911: Bribing Children During Tantrums
It is not a good idea to bribe your children out of a meltdown, as that means it becomes something that works for them! It would be like me saying to you, "If you scream, kick and cry as loud as you can and embarrass me as much as you can, I will buy you that Prada handbag"!
It is very important—no matter how embarrassing or how long the tantrum lasts—that you do not give your children what they want! Take a few steps away and tell your kid, "OK, if you are behaving this way, we will talk when you are done," and just ignore the people staring at you. (I know it is hard!) If the tantrum continues, you can periodically check in and just remind them to "let me know when you are done."
I promise you, if you are not giving in to them, the tantrums will stop. Better yet, try to prepare for meltdowns in order to help avoid them altogether. Good luck!