Before I was ever a parent, I used to be the adult who would sneer at "that kid" and "that mom"... you know the ones... the child who was raised by wolves and is running around the grocery store with not a parent in sight. The parents who bring their too-young child to a high-end restaurant and let him play in the fountain and disrupt my evening. Unruly children used to annoy the crap out of me, I kid you not.
However, after becoming a parent and after being "that mom" with "that kid" at Leighton's baptism when he screamed his head off for the entire church service or even during Cambridge's baptism when Leighton decided to roam around the front of the church, inviting himself to sit with other families, I have become more empathetic to "that mom" whenever and wherever she appears.
My mother-in-law had an epic episode of being "that mom" with "that kid" when Mark (my husband) was with her in a department store. All of a sudden the store went black, and she heard, "Whose kid is this back here?!" Mark had sneaked into the back and turned off the breaker, darkening the whole floor of the store... wonder where my kids get it from...Mark.
Yesterday at Leighton's very first swimming lesson (which, by the way I feared from the day I signed him up), there was a "that mom" and "that kid" - the one toddler out of three who cried through the entire half hour lesson. If I had been at that pool pre-kids, I know I would have been annoyed, but yesterday, I felt her pain because I knew exactly what it felt like not to have control over the fact that your child is screaming his head off in public, and you feel everyone else's eyes judging you.
I know that most of you probably have more sympathy for mothers in circumstances such as these (even if you don't have children), but let me tell you that having children of my own has certainly helped me to be more understanding. However, please don't bring your toddlers to restaurants that don't print the prices of their food on the menu... that's never a good idea. Besides, as a parent, you should know how important getting away for the rare date night is so please don't ruin it for the rest of us... or for yourself!
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!