OK so before I had a child I was SOOO that judgmental person who questioned parent’s motives behind a lot of things that I witnessed in public. And I am fully aware of my former thoughts, and now adjust them, realizing just how difficult it is to raise a child! Even though I haven’t experienced the toddler full time, I can imagine, and I had plenty of time watching family members with them. Kids are CRAZY! Yes, yes, we all imagine our perfect child sitting so properly and quietly right beside you in a restaurant…reality is they are probably going to be that screaming child demanding ice cream. After coming to the realization that sleeping through the night at a couple months is not a hereditary trait, I had a deep life altering conversation with myself….
Your child WILL most likely be BAD!
YES! She will be the one running up and down the aisles at the store, crying for candy, throwing things off the shelf!
As sad as this personal insight was, I had to force myself to be ok with it and practice the deep breathing and counting to ten now, so that I am well prepared when it hits. Since my newfound clarity on my future, I have seen a lot of things I swore I would never do as a parent. Like the child LEASH! Seeing a leash on children BA, (before Audrey) I would shame the parent in my head as well as with my judgmental glance in their direction. Now seeing these people I understand it completely! Some children are just wild! Some do not have an off switch! And no matter how much you say “no, no, sweet little angel, don’t ever run in public, into the street, or up and down the aisles of the stores,” some children just don’t grasp cause and effect. Some kids need a tight hold on them 24/7 in order to keep calm. So yes, parents, leash those kids! If that is what it takes to keep them from getting abducted, hit by a car, or causing you evil “I should call CPS” glances your way. So I am sorry, even if I didn’t voice it, I certainly thought it…you are not bad parents…. but in fact, great ones, for knowingly taking the inner monologue criticisms of today’s society in order to keep your kid behaved.
You better believe if my “Perfect Princess” acts like a wild animal, I will treat her like one, leash and all! Seriously, I am already looking up monkey back-pack leashes online….in pink please!