You鈥檝e got Saturday Night Fever! Okay, so maybe not in the John Travolta, white polyester pants suit way. But, you鈥檙e all about a night of cocktails, dining and childless fun. You鈥檝e got the sitter lined up, you鈥檙e wearing something that doesn鈥檛 involve yoga pants or your husband鈥檚 old college sweatshirt, and you鈥檝e traded the diaper bag for an actual purse. And then, it happens: the meltdown. Check out these super-simple tips for getting out of the house, minus your tot鈥檚 tantrum.

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1. Distract, distract, distract. With Mount St. Toys stacked in the corner, you鈥檝e got your pick of gizmos, gadgets, buzzers, blinkers and all kinds of super-distracting options. Whether it鈥檚 a favorite stuffy, an all-engaging light-up play piano or something else, ask the sitter to keep your kiddo entertained as you make your grand exit. The more engrossed your child is in her play, the less likely it is that she鈥檒l tantrum-out.

2. Choose your places and spaces. Standing in the foyer really doesn鈥檛 seem like a fun time, right? Instead of walking out the door as your child stands with you (and the sitter) in the hallway, save your goodbyes for somewhere that鈥檚 a million times more fun. Well, maybe not a million. But, at least go with a playroom buh-bye over a less exciting space. The cozy, comfiness of a family space may take some of the sting out of your absence, making your quick duck-out much easier on everyone.

3. Play it down.聽Yes, you want to prep your child for every eventuality. That said, sometimes too much is 鈥 um, too much. Constant questions that fall into the, 鈥淎re you going to be okay when mommy鈥檚 away?鈥 and minute-to-minute reminders that you鈥檙e heading out may have the opposite effect when it comes to what you鈥檙e looking for. You want to make sure that your child鈥檚 well-informed. The constant questioning and slew of updates may just make her nervous. Downplay it and don鈥檛 make your night out into a 鈥渢hing.鈥

4. Keep it short and sweet.聽It鈥檚 too late; the tears have started. Your instinct is to sit down and soothe your child. Of course! You don鈥檛 want to ever see your child sad. But, that 30-second hug is likely to turn into an all-out screaming session when you try to walk away. Give a quick cuddle, an 鈥淚 love you鈥 and get on your way. Lingering will only make the聽situation worse and keep the tantrum coming.

5. Prep well.聽A busy day, minus the afternoon nap, equals a cranky kid. Plan ahead and keep the day calm. It鈥檚 totally tempting to try to pack an entire weekend鈥檚 worth of activities into a Saturday afternoon out of guilt. You鈥檙e leaving your little one in someone else鈥檚 care, and you want to make up for it by taking her to the playground, the zoo, the pool, the park and just about everywhere else all at once. Now she鈥檚 beyond sleepy, didn鈥檛 nap and is about to break down at the slightest provocation 鈥 like your hasty departure. Stop the cranky tantrum from happening by making sure that your child gets plenty of rest during the day.

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