Why do people make unsolicited comments to mothers trying to wrangle a pissed off toddler into a cart. Like why just why? The other day at Wal-Mart my one,and a half year old had a melt down. Yes I know shocker a kid less then two, and three hours past his nap didn’t want to sit in the cart anymore. The line was about five people long,and there was someone fighting with the cashier about the price of ramen.
My son didn’t want to sit in the cart. He didn’t want to be held either he wanted to be let free to run around. Well ya know its Wal-Mart, and Covid not really an option (sorry big guy). He started screaming, and kicking normally I would leave my cart, and go. This time we were already in line,and I’d come to far to back out now. Everyone is looking as he wails away like I’m trying to kill him. Then this woman in the line next to me says
“Don’t miss that”
I ignored her continued focusing on the screaming demon I was trying to control. I knew that wasn’t going to be the last I’d hear from her, and I was right. She then says somthing muffled that I didn’t hear followed by
“My babies are thirty”.
As my kid let out another blood curdling scream, and the guy at the front of the line was still arguing about his ramen. I grabbed a bag of cheesies from the shelf. I knew if nothing else they would keep him quiet for atleast a little while. That’s when the self proclaimed parenting guru gave her ultimate advice.
“I would never give my babies a treat for acting like that”
is what she said looking to others in line for approval. So there I was my kid quieted down standing in the Wal-Mart line all eyes on me. I turned to he, and said
“Well your babies are thirty Karen I should hope not. Hes fine now you can turn around, and focus on buying your broccoli.”
It came out so calm and collected even I was surprised. I thought forsure I was going to cry.
In conclusion I would like to offer a Public Service Announcement. If you see a mom struggling with a screaming toddler in a grocery store. Your comments are not needed, nor wanted. Quite frankly you dont need to acknowledge her at all. That is unless you’ve got a glass of wine.😅