mollypeck replied to your post: A conversation in Target… Totally not defending the lady (certainly not defending what she eventually *did* say, because it’s pretty obnoxious), but, even by your own account, she first mumbled/mimed her displeasure until pressed (twice) for a verbal explanation of her reaction.
You are absolutely right! I did press her into a response.
There is no way I am going to allow someone to show that much of a physical display of displeasure to the fact that my child was making a noise without expecting them to voice it.
No one, and I mean no one, reacts that way towards my children without being forced into defending their actions.
Children are people too, and they have the right to say, shout, scream, complain, and verbalize just as much as anyone else! Children are not trophies to be seen and not heard. Just because they are children, does not in anyway devalue what they are trying to communicate, and if it means they have to shout to get their point across, because they have no other way of being able to express it, then so be it!
As adults, we should know better than to show that much displeasure towards children.
I am incredibly passionate about raising my children in an environment where they are comfortable to express themselves however they wish and I will not tolerate someone telling me that my child needs to be “better controlled”
There is no place for dictatorial styles of parenting in todays world, what we need, is to encourage our children to be free thinking individuals who grow up knowing that their voice counts!
This is not the first time that I have had to defend my children from the comments and statements of ignorant adults and it certainly will not be the last!
For reasons previously undisclosed, this kind of behaviour towards children happens way to often in my life and it really pisses me off and I will not stop defending them over it.