The other day, I was grocery shopping and heard a baby crying in the next aisle. I could tell the other Mom was having a hard time, and could sympathize. As I walked towards her, I gave her a reassuring smile but didn't say anything else.
It reminded me of the time Ryan, my older son, was an infant and teething. He was having a tantrum at the grocery store, and I couldn’t get him to stop crying. An older woman approached me and said, rudely, “Why don’t you purchase a pacifier?” That experience stuck with me all these years, and even though I can laugh about it now with my husband, Ron, it's still amazing to me how often strangers think they're being helpful, but in fact, make the situation worse.
Have you ever had another adult feel compelled to criticize your parenting (or pet owning) style? What did you do about it?
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