Friday, October 30, 2009

Here's Your Sign

I think I need to make a sign. When my child/ children start screaming and throwing tantrums in the grocery store I will hang the sign around my neck so it hangs at my back and people can read it. Then maybe they will mind their own business. This is what it will say:

"Please ignore this screaming child. He is in no way being abused. I am trying to teach him that his bad behavior does not dictate what I do or what he gets. We will be leaving soon. If his behavior offends you, I am very sorry. If you think you can do a better job... I laugh in your general direction. Thanks for your patience!"

Think it would work?

16 comments:

Loki Morgan said...

hahaha You should mass produce them! I would buy one. (=

Wendy Sparrow said...

Just after my daughter had been diagnosed, she was having a screaming melt-down in a parking lot. We had some idiot pass us and yell, "It's not that bad kid! Suck it up!" After we all pulled it together, we went into the store, but this man then proceeded to go out of his way to avoid us in the store while commenting.

It's been six years and I still remember that in painful detail. People should really mind their own business and assume they don't know the "whole" of it.

A good friend of mine has a child with severe Autism and she had cards printed out to hand to staring people that explain Autism and tell them not to stare.

Even with children just misbehaving, though... it should be easy enough for most parents to see the battle of wills raging. The problem is the non-parents I've found. They just don't "get" that sometimes good parenting includes doing nothing.

Nana The Nana said...

I am sure the very people who give you moms a hard time in stores would also be the ones who would report you to Dept. of children and family for abuse if you tried to make them mind in the store. So, just do what you have to and screw them all I say!
Or better yet,pray for the same kind of blessings on them. Or, ask them if they want to borrow your kids?

Laura ~Peach~ said...

it might save a life... cause i tried to beat a woman to death when she interfered when cory was little and throwing jars of pickles off the shelves...

Time4Mommy said...

Too funny! I would buy one of those signs too.

Susan said...

That sounds like a wonderful idea. I would have to agree it's more an issue of non parents. I know my attitude has changed since having my son. Now I see a parent discipling their kid and I want to give a shout of encouragement.

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JoeyRes said...

I think you should just go ahead and "laugh in their general direction" no matter what.

Sonja said...

Wonderful idea, put me down for one too!

Dumb Dawn said...

Love, love love the proposed sign.

Following you back.

~Dawn

Angela said...

My kids need that sign. I think instead of a sign you should make a t-shirt (in multiple sizes) and sell them. :)

It might be a winner. Seriously!!

Jenny said...

Okay, that's hilarious! I remember my daughter having a tantrum in Hobby Lobby once. I was dragging her out of the store by her arm and shoppers kept making comments like "Oh, what's wrong? Are you okay sweetie?" (and they were not talking to me)
I wanted to smack them and yell...DO NOT PITY HER! PITY ME! SHE WON"T BEHAVE-THAT'S WHAT'S THE MATTER!

Ah, the kindness of strangers.

Mrsblogalot said...

I would buy that sign in bulk!

What are you waiting for??? Start Printing!! (-"

Rebekah said...

Yes! Do it. I never give mom's looks anymore since having kids of my own.

F.T.M. said...

Fortunately, I'm not to that point yet with an 8 month old...but I know that day is coming sooner than I want, and I'll buy one of your signs. I'm sure my aunt (and anyone who attempted to take me anywhere when I was little with the exception of my mom) would've wanted one of those for me...and hey, I turned out alright. RIGHT?? :-)

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

That is great! I love it! I don't care how loud my kids get because No means No! Screw everyone else!