Every once in awhile (daily) one of my babies throws a tantrum. The worst is when it happens in public. Usually, they're mild and easy to address or ignore until they pass.
But sometimes I need to use a mental coping technique that I've just decided to call, future me.
Future me is used by imagining what is currently happening has already happened and I'm able to laugh about it.
Hey, remember that time we went on a field trip to a farm and my one and half year old threw a tantrum during a hay ride that involved crying, shouting "no" and throwing herself into a bale of hay, while my two and half year old screamed at the top of her lungs in panic. That was ca-razy!
It then becomes much easier to comfort said children in a reasonable fashion without my head exploding from panic and/or embarrassment.
This plan is not bullet proof. So, please share any coping strategies of your own!