Having trouble outlasting your child at night? At a loss for how to tell your child that he/she is going to be sharing mommy and daddy soon? At your wits end with your child playing deaf? Need a parenting tip on what behaviors to ignore and which to address? Ask Pat. The Children’s Center’s school counselor, Pat Titus, is ready to help you to succeed at the awesome job of parenting. Pat, who has a diploma in Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counselling, and 25 years of experience as a school counsellor, will respond to your Dear Pat letters through the Children’s Center’s Parenting section of the website. You can either e-mail a question for Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or place one in her staff mailbox.


Dear Pat,
My three year old, whose usually pretty easily redirected when he is upset, saves his absolutely worse tantrums for the supermarket. While I try to involve him in the shopping, it seems we can’t last 5 minutes before he falls apart and starts screaming. The last two times this happened I took him out of the store and brought him home. His tantrums lasted the full fifteen minutes it took to get home. I then went back to the store alone to complete my shopping. I’m embarrassed and frustrated that something as routine as grocery shopping can be such a nightmare. How can I turn this situation around?