Josie - posted on 09/16/2012 ( 20 moms have responded )
How do you handle peoples' comments when you are trying to just finish up shopping and some has the nerve to call you a "bad parent" because you "let" your child cry and have a tantrum? I was shopping today with my husband and end up leaving the store in tears myself because of rude comments that were made by some women who told me to "keep my baby quite" and "he's been crying for 15 minutes do something already! Seriously parent him don't just ignore him " (really we were only in the store literally 8 minutes by the time i left empty handed and crying) What happen was we made a stop at Starbucks outside the store and when my 19 month old son decided he wanted my iced coffee. To make it short I obviously wasn't going to let my toddler have coffee. So anyway, he was upset and threw a tantrum in the department store. I was trying to make light of it, I offered him juice (which he threw of course) and just kept telling him "Sorry Will no coffee for 2 year olds" Then the women 3 separate time comments and tells me to "pick him up and cuddle him" I said "If I take him out of the the stroller he will first off run around the whole store and secondly I'll never get him back in."So she call be a lazy parent and walks away, so i take him out and he tries to run all over the store and when i pick him up he throws another tantrum because now he wants rein of the store. As I pick him up off the floor now in full meltdown mode she gives me a dirty look and says "Wow, you really are a terrible mother" I left in tears. Do any moms out there have similar stories? How did you deal with the guilt of being a "terrible parent?" Please help me, Thank you!