They should hand out wine to parents who brave a shopping trip on their own with children in tow like they hand out fruit to young children to snack on in supermarkets.
Well a few complimentary glasses of wine would have made me give less of a shit about the tutting adults who were so inconvenienced by my two year old child running in and out of the clothes rails (no where near them) singing ‘Gangnam style’ that they had to stand there staring, making sure I paid attention to their unamused, ‘I’m trying to enjoy my shopping trip with out your little shit ruining it’ kind of face. I mean he was acting unruly but he was happy, having fun and not under anyone’s feet. If he were following people, pulling on their clothes singing ‘I like big butts’ then I would be more understanding of their disapproval but he was contained in one area and I can’t help but think in those moments that some people go out of their way to make other people feel bad.
The lovely lady working there came over to play ‘boo’ and join in the fun my two year old was clearly having. She says ‘He’s such a happy little boy, he’s made my day’. Something like that can make such a difference to my day. I can walk away from a horrendous shopping trip feeling at a point of breaking down, not because my child is not doing what I’m asking that is stressful in itself but the judgment of complete strangers on my parenting can be crushing. When some one comes over in that moment and pays your child a compliment its not only a lovely distraction from the eyes you can feel on you, seeing someone being positive about the situation seams to make the other people carry on with their day and move on.
If they had special opening hours for parents and children where we could all be united with our children who at their young age only want to find fun where ever they go then I would exclusively shop with in those hours. But today, dear shaking head shoppers, my children needed clothing. Sorry for the inconvenience to your day but I won’t let it ruin mine.