Thing I’m not sorry for: My toddler crying, pouting, throwing tantrums, etc.
Save your sideways glares, exasperated sighs and general acts of snobbiness. Here’s the deal: Adults have learned and have the capability to control themselves, their actions and reactions, and their understandings of situations and surroundings. Two-year-olds are not. I refuse to let any adult, especially those who are childless, make my son or my family feel less than because we are in public when he has a meltdown or a bad day. If that’s you, you can fuck right off.
“When I’m a parent, my kid will never do that.” Haha. Every other parent and I are rooting you on. Good luck. We’ll be on the sidelines, same sidelines you sat and judged us at when our kid threw a tantrum at Target, watching you.
An article circulated a few months ago about parents preemptively creating care packages for passengers on a flight that included goodies of some sort, including candies, ear plugs and some note that basically said, “Sorry, I’m two and it’s my first flight. I apologize for any fussing and crying. Here are some goodies to make up for it.” WHAT. Get the fuck out of here. 1 – I do not assume the worst in my kid. I will come prepared – snacks, toys, crayons – whatever. I will not assume he will be a shit show. And 2 – Read above. I expect adults to be able to behave as adults, even when theres a child crying on board. If you really wanted to be baby-free on your flight, you should’ve forked over the extra cash to sit in business or first class, otherwise, enjoy your time back here with us in Economy. Lastly, I will not offer approval for others to make my son or me feel like we are the one needing forgiveness or permission. I don’t think any parent traveling with a small child should. We have enough to worry about.
What do you think? Should I be more apologetic about my kid throwing tantrums and being unruly in public?