When children cry in public, we may feel frustrated or annoyed. If it's a particularly bad day, you may even be rude to them or their parents. One mother, however, explained why you should show them a little kindness instead.
Single mom Ali Brothers took to Facebook after other shoppers judged her when her children acted up during a grocery run:
Brothers' story begins when her family ran out of milk, so she and her two toddlers went to the store at 8 in the morning. One of her kids cried the entire time, while the other was causing a ruckus in the store. Throughout their time shopping, strangers glared at her.
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She tried to handle peoples' stares, but the final straw was a man whispering, "She's pretty young for two kids." Brothers began to cry when the cashier handed her the receipt.
"They don't know me. They don't know me as a mother. They don't know my children," she wrote. "They don't know I was married before I started a family."
Furthermore, the strangers at the store did not know the reason she was alone. Brothers wrote, "They don't know I left that marriage because of abuse knowing I would have it just as hard as a single mother."
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Brothers explained that sometimes she can control how her children behave, but other times she can't. She urged people not to judge when they see fussy kids in public.
"So if you see a parent struggling, if you see a kid throwing a tantrum, if you see a mom on the verge of tears..." she wrote, "please say something nice."
Brothers' post has gone viral; thousands have liked and shared. Other parents can relate, and maybe non-parents will be more empathetic whenever they see a child crying.