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13. Carry a bag of tricks.
Toddlers don’t share the same affinity as we do for fine food, conversation, and people watching. While running errands or visiting restaurants, carry a “busy bag.” Whether it’s an unfamiliar book or small toy, you can usually buy yourself a little extra adult time with the distraction. It helps if the items are new to the child and bonus points for wrapping them individually to build mystery. Collect items each time you’re out and save them for when you feel resistance brewing.

Photo credit Olivia O'Bryon.