Why, oh why do children like to have their tantrums in public??? Why can’t they just keep them confined to the walls of our homes? Every time my kids have a breakdown in the presence of others, I usually don’t care about the fact they are having the tantrum, my caring stems from the feeling that now my parenting skills (or lack thereof) are on display for everyone to see. It is a lot of pressure!!!
So there I was at the bus stop when my neighbor’s kids were having a rough morning. I am completely unphased by other people’s children having a rough time. I mean, usually it is my children who are auditioning for a role in Platoon, so I get it. As a matter of fact, my feelings at the time were along the lines of this:
However, I didn’t actually do that (I didn’t think of it, and if I did, I am not sure that I would have had the guts to do it), but on my way back to my house I was thinking of how to show some love and support to her because we have all had those days!!
So here is a quick idea for a “thinking of you” or a “I’m glad it was your kids for once and not mine this time” gift. Using a sharpie, draw the emoticon of your choice. I found the bottom of the mandarin to have the flattest surface for drawing. Attach a quick note and hopefully this little winky-face can brighten someone’s day!