What to Know: Even though we know that kids are best when they're rested and fed, we all try to cram in just one more errand at 5:00pm. If you're dragging a hungry and tired toddler all over town, know that you're upping the odds that she's going to lose it. After all, it's hard for adults to be on their best behavior when they're sleep-deprived and starved.
What to Do: Whenever possible, plan outings outside of her nap or meal times, says Anastasia Gavalas, MS, SDA, author of Wing It: 6 Simple Steps to Succeed as a Modern Day Parent. Stashing snacks in the car helps too, as can having entertaining toys toys and books that will buy you some extra time if you need it. And, for times when you're desperate for your kid to keep it together for just a little bit longer, keep an emergency lollipop in your purse and break it out before things start to head south.