A MUM-of-two has blasted a stranger who told her off for being on her phone while her two sons started to misbehave in a shop.
Tracy Bennett, from North Carolina, said she had been waiting in line at Costco to get a temporary membership card last month when sons Elliot, two, and Isaac, seven months, started to act up.
In order to speed up the process, she decided to log into her Costco app to get the membership card on her phone – when a man walked up to her.
He berated her saying: “You see these babies? They fuss like that because they want your attention. Maybe you should get off of your phone and give them your attention.”
Tracy revealed that she had been defensive in the moment and explained she was trying to get her kids out of the long line as quickly as possible.
When she got home, she wrote down all the things she wished she had said to the stranger on the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page, and it has gone viral.
She said on the post: “First of all, I had no idea the toddler saying, ‘Mama, pizza, mama, pizza’ over and over and the baby making pre-cry warnings to alert me that if we don’t move soon he’s [going] to lose it wanted my attention. Thank you for that brilliant analysis of the situation.
“Secondly, I had been in the Membership line for 15 minutes already. I pulled out books, snacks, patty cake, and even took to creepily pointing out items in buggies as customers left the store to entertain them.
“Thirdly, you had been in the Refunds line next to me for a total of two minutes or else you would have seen the smiles and laughs and interaction. Lastly, after 15 minutes, these babies got a bit fussy. And on the meltdown scale, they were barely even at a 1.”
Thank you for seeing a stressful moment and deciding, ‘I think I’ll make this worse for her.'
The mum had said she sensed a “meltdown was brewing” when she took out her phone to ask her husband what their log in information was for the app.
She added: “I ran out of tricks and my kids ran out of patience and now my goal was to just get us out of this line as quickly as possible before they released the kraken.
“But thank you for your parenting advice. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to shame a young mother with two tiny children. Thank you for seeing a stressful moment and deciding, ‘I think I’ll make this worse for her.’”
She advised people on the post that whenever you see a mum or dad out in public with young kids, you should always assume they are “stressed out”.
Tracy added: “Assume this is the very last place she wants to be. Assume she’d rather be home cuddling, playing, running around with her babies.
“Assume she probably has had no sleep since her first child was born.
“Assume she is hungry because her toddler decided he wanted extra eggs this morning so she gave him her breakfast in addition to his own. And if you have nothing kind or supportive to offer her, please mind your own business.”
Assume this is the very last place she wants to be. Assume she’d rather be home cuddling, playing, running around with her babies.
Her post has clearly struck a chord with online parents, and has racked up hundreds of supportive comments.
One said: “No one knows their children more than their mama.”
Another added: “Strangers have no idea how our days go. When they say things like this it drives me crazy!! Sorry you went through this. I would be sooooo upset.”
And one commented: “Some old man was walking by and I looked up. He was looking at me so I smiled at him politely. He proceeded to say ‘all of you are addicts and just can't put technology down.’ I almost threw a cantaloupe at him.”
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