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What do you do when you see a parent about to lose it in public?

It happens in grocery stores, on airplanes and at shopping malls. A child is having a temper tantrum. You see a frazzled parent on the verge of losing it.

What do you do? And, what if that parent is you?

The Wakanheza Project in Ramsey County, Minnesota, teaches that strangers can diffuse a tense parent-child situation by stepping in. A kind word, an unrelated question, a helpful gesture – any of these can distract the parent for just long enough to help her regain composure and prevent the situation from escalating.

We're working on a public radio story exploring this practice which seems to go against our natural inclinations, or what we've been taught: to mind our own business.

If you're a parent who's witnessed a parent losing it with kids in public, or been that parent, we'd like to hear from you.

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We'd also appreciate any ideas you have for future stories on family issues. To tell us what you'd like to hear more about, please visit

Ericka Lutz is an author, solo performer, and teacher. Her seven non-fiction books include On the Go with Baby and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stepparenting, and her fiction/creative nonfiction has appeared in numerous books, anthologies, and journals. Ericka teaches writing at U.C. Berkeley. She also provides private coaching on writing and writing process to writers and organizations. Her full-length solo show, “A Widow’s To-Do List,” is currently in development in San Francisco. For information on upcoming performances, visit Ericka’s website.

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