From the Times‘s Motherlode blog:
A post on people criticizing parents in public. The example on the blog is of a woman with her toddler at the supermarket. Said youngster has a meltdown in the checkout lane, complete with much loud crying. Mother, instead of trying to quiet child, tries to hurry through the line and get out of the store. Another mother in line behind her intervenes, not to help, mind you, but only to say that, “Long-term crying is very bad for this child.”
Yowza. Isn’t city life a beautiful thing, one big urban, helping, sharing, co-parenting, why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along, utopia? Mother’s response to this:
Why would another MOTHER do such a thing?!? It isn’t like she offered to help me pack my groceries or pick up my daughter to get her to stop crying. She just wanted me to know that a crying baby is a bad thing?! Honestly. I’m sure there are many of us out there with similar experiences. I’d love to hear from the women who make these comments to understand what on earth makes them think this is acceptable or helpful?!
There’s a long string of comments appended to the post, many worth reading. Here’s my query to you, readers: is this mostly a mom-on-mom thing? I’ve never received any unsolicited advice about JP, and I’m definitely no saint. Is this the kind of thing competitive mothers do to passively-aggressively undermine each other?
Or are people really just assholes?