WARNING: RANT AHEAD!!!
OK folks, here’s a little announcement for all of you judgmental whores who like to cast disapproving glances at complete strangers in stores because their 2 year old child is not behaving in a way that you would deem appropriate…
#1- No matter what I do, I can’t win with you. If I ignore my two year old and continue shopping, you will shake your head anyways and GOD FORBID! if I should try to discipline my daughter in public by saying “Stop it NOW!” in a stern voice or smacking her butt…cause then you’d really disapprove.
#2-My child having a temper tantrum in the middle of the store DOES NOT render me a bad parent. Please try and save the effort of your disgusted look for say a prostitute or something. This is pretty freakin typical of any child but especially one who is two years old and didn’t get a nap.
#3- She might have gotten a nap if I hadn’t been busy being a VOLUNTEER coach for both of my son’s baseball teams and my
husband wasn’t required to be on call one week a month. I think I can deal with the sacrifice of a nap and it’s consequences if it means that I can participate in my other children’s lives, creating memories and building their confidence through playing sports and my husband is able to do what he has to to provide for our family.
#4- Children have bad days even with a nap. Sometimes they have colds, sometimes they’re going through a phase, sometimes their two, sometimes their just being plain ornry. An observation of my child for 5 mins, 5 hours or even 5 days would not render your opinion valid cause you still wouldn’t know them. You don’t see them when they come into my room in the morning and stand by my bed and say “Good Morning, Mommy.” and kiss my cheek. Or how if I stub my toe and cry they pat my back and say “It’s ok, Mommy.“
Don’t ever assume to know my children or what’s best for them. That’s my job and I take it very seriously.