When we go out, people tend to do a double take. "Mom, they're counting us again." Like it or not, we don't look like the average family strolling through Target.
While we don't ask for the attention, it's a reality, and I certainly don't want to exacerbate the whispers and nudges by having one of my little ones melt down when he hears the dreaded "no" word. (Not that any of these lovely children would ever dissolve into a puddle while doing that shoulder thing that makes it impossible to pick them up! ;-)
As a preventative measure, we often will play a form of Simon Says before we go somewhere or enter a store. "Put your hands on your head. Touch your toes. Hop three times. OK. Now that's how quick you need to obey Mommy when we're in the store." Everyone is smiling and ready to listen. If they start to get off track as we're going through the store, we just play again.