Dear Random Target Mom,
I know that you may not know better, but your lack of parenting really chapped my hide, especially today.
While pushing my irritated 3-year old past you (with the standing up, screaming toddler in the "big part" of your cart) I couldn't help but overhear the conversation you were having with the lucky person (I'm assuming it was a person) on the other end of the line, while gingerly holding on to the shirt of your son.
"If I make him sit in the cart, he's gonna freak out."
This did not sit very well with me (well obviously, since it's driven me to the point to blog about it) as I had just recouperated from a mega-tantrum with my own daughter (who I forced to sit in the cart) mere moments before you strolled by. Didn't you see her glaring at you?
Your inability to remove the cellular device from the side of your head and actually deal with your toddler will cost you. Not only in brain cells, but in that lovely power struggle which seems to never go away between parents and children. You're gonna loose the battle, and the war. Your kid (if he doesn't fall out of the cart while you're chatting away looking at blenders) will never know boundaries if you do not teach them.
No, it isn't fun to deal with an angry toddler in a store. No it isn't fun to think that you may have to postpone your "list" until a later time when everyone can behave. No it isn't fun to have a store employee direct a man to where the computer storage devices are located by saying "right there next to the screaming kid". It kinda sucks, actually, to have your own children say to their sister "you are embarrassing me".
But you have to stand your ground.
Or you will never hear this "Mommy, I'm sorry I yell".
Respectfully and Nonjudgmentally,
(The mom with the screaming kid at Target)