Mum of six shamed in supermarket
“Congratulations, you have succeeded in breaking me”
By Practical Parenting team
August 13 2018
A Queensland Mum was left feeling ‘broken’ after a group of shoppers at her local supermarket judged her for her young son’s tantrum.
Joelle Skinner, who blogs on her Facebook page @jedimumtricks, shared how she felt torn down by the “stares… muttering and murmuring, pointing and looks of shock and disgust.”
“I have to assume that your ears were so assaulted by my over tired toddler that you felt justified in tearing me down,” she wrote.
“Whole stores, customers and staff huddled together, mouths as wide as your eyes as you discuss the spectacle. Tradies working on a new shop, shouting for my 2 YEAR OLD to shut up! All the comments and the judgy eyes,” she added.
The 36-year-old said that she felt as though her toddler was the first child to ever have a tantrum, such was the shock on people’s faces.
Thankfully, a good Samaritan finally came to her aid.
“There was one, one kind lady who came up to me and asked if I was ok. I cried, everything I was holding in came flooding out,” Janelle shared.
“She offered me to sit with her and share one of the donuts she was carrying. Then when I said I just need to get to the car, she offered to walk with us. Kind stranger, you show me that there is a better way, a way to love on people you see struggling.”
After going through the upsetting ordeal, Janelle encouraged her readers to show empathy, not judgement, when they see a mum going through a tough time.
“If you are unsure what to do in a situation like this, I have two suggestions. One to not make things worse and the other to actually improve things.
Firstly, you could play dumb, ignore, don’t gawk, don’t say things. Or secondly, follow my kind stranger’s example, see if the person is ok, offer reassuring words or even practical help.
“Please, show some compassion, we are after all all in this human experience together!”