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#181 of 186 Old 07-30-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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DD's friend (4 years old) with sensory issues skinned his knee at our house. He literally sobbed for 2 straight hours. There was nothing that could comfort him (and he had 4 adults trying). I'm sure the neighbors thought "someone should pick that child up!" or "what's wrong with those parents! Why don't they DO SOMETHING!!!"

Who knows what the child's history is, and whether the parents were handling it to the best of their abilities or were neglectful. I only know that I, as a stranger, have way less information than they do, and compassion for the whole family is rarely the wrong response.
See, there's the difference - your situation involved the adults actually trying to comfort the child.

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Wow, they had it easy! TWO parents and only one screaming/tired child. I'd give my right eye to have my DH with me in the grocery store when one of my kids pitches a fit!! I'd be more than happy to leave the shopping to dh and take the screaming child for a walk and a snack outside, or visa versa!
Why didn't one of them do that?? How mean, poor little guy probably just didn't want to be GROCERY SHOPPING AT BEDTIME!
Another thing....when I worked as a cashier years ago, I'd fasttrack the Mom/Dad with the screaming child through the line. some people would get upset, but tough, the child needs to go home, not stand in a long line.
As a solo shopper with three kids I've had my share of tantrums, as well as my share of nasty comments and dirty looks : ( so I'd never say anything.
What I have done though, when someone's child is totally losing it in the grocery store line is trade spots with them (if I'm ahead), help them bag their groceries, or get my own kids to distract the screaming child (it works more often than not) .
Poor little guy, I hope they took him right home and let him go to sleep!
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Oh no! The thread that wouldn't die! It's back!
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How self-absorbed to think you have the right to ruin other people's shopping/dining/whatever.
I just find this odd. Seriously? How self absorbed is anyone else to feel that they are entitled to shop in *public* place without hearing a toddler tantrum?
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Oh no! The thread that wouldn't die! It's back!
O my goodness...I just thought the exact same thing...I had to double take...I was like "MY WORD! Could it BE....wait, IT IS!!!"

I totally thought this thread was locked!!

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Oh how funny!! I didn't notice the dates!

I don't have time to check in here but a couple times a week and certainly didn't have time to read through the whole thing.
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