Way off topic today, but Sunday (Super Bowl Sunday, no less) my wife and I were shopping at the Lapeer Meijer store.
I was struck by a sign in one of the checkout lanes: "Family friendly checkout, no candy, no toys."
Sure enough the store had removed all those tempting candy and toy displays in the one lane, presumably to prevent temper tantrums.
I immediately flashed back to my youth and remembered my one - and only - temper tantrum in a store. My mother apologized to the clerk, left behind her basket of groceries and took me home where I got a really good spanking.
Is it really the store's responsibility to remove items that might trigger an actual parental teaching moment? The problem really is that parents don't want to be parents anymore.
Here's a tip for parents: If your child is acting up in a store, restaurant or other public place, accompany, drag, carry or pull them outside and give them a decent spanking (not a beating) and warn them that future outbursts will result in the same.
It worked for generations of children and will likely work for you. Or, for you really modern folks, try the time out thing, although it never really worked for me.