Inspired by my LOVELY client (you know who you are), we were chatting yesterday and she told me that she feels as though all eyes are on her, when she is out in public with an upset child. To the point where it stops her doing things or taking the little ones out.
I'm sure you have been there both as the parent of a child crying in public, and then the member of public seeing a fraught Mum (and usually Mum's do get more fraught than Dad's in these situations), in everyday situations like trying to get groceries. A typical scenario would be a Mum or Dad pushing the cart, which holds an empty car seat and holding a crying baby or pushing the cart and wrangling an upset toddler, think, holding onto your ankles and sweeping the floor as you drag one leg after you.
As a Mum myself, I too used to get a little fraught when out in public too when the kids were younger, esp if I knew they were tired, feeling like everyone as watching me or on a plane with the baby that doesn't stop crying from take off to landing, thinking that every other passenger is wondering why you are not doing something to stop it.
I just want you to know that NO ONE who is within visual or auditory range is feeling what you are feeling or thinking what you are thinking (hard to believe I know!)
As my kids are now older, I recently witnessed this exact scenario in our local save on foods. But I didn't think anything other than "oh I remember those days" and although I miss the kids being young, with sticky hands and faces, I don't miss the outings that went wrong, so my second thought was "I don't miss dealing with that", I just gave a smile that was half sympathetic and half comical, trying to convey the message - 'its okay I feel for you" along with "children, they are funny aren't they".
So, whats your funniest or worst experience being in public with a crying baby or tantrum throwing toddler? we would love to hear! You can add your comment below or on our facebook thread.
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