Everyone who has not had children knows that toddlers only ever scream or have tantrums while safely at home out of the public eye. In the event that a toddler decides to start screaming in public, everyone knows that the parent ought to be able to calm the child. In fact, plenty of parents will jump in here and agree that it’s always possible to calm or quiet a screaming child in public, because children with varying personalities and levels of development are magically all the same in this one regard. But on the off chance that you fail as a parent and cannot calm your child, well then it is your Sacred Duty™ to remove the child so you don’t risk offending anyone else.
Never mind that you have no other opportunity to get your grocery shopping done or stop at the post office or pick up your glasses – thou shalt not, under any circumstances, remain in public with a screaming child. It’s the 11th Commandment – look it up. Why would you think it’s okay for you to finish up your errand? How entitled are you?
Any parent out in public with a screaming toddler should be prepared (and grateful!) when strangers scold them for their inadequate parenting skills. They should bow their heads meekly and accept an exhortation to “Go to hell!” as if it were the most benign of blessings. It is, of course, the parent’s fault in the first place for even HAVING children. It is further the height of irresponsibility to have children while single and without having at least two forms of backup childcare available whenever you need to go grocery shopping; how dare you inflict your irresponsible choices on me!
“But what does any of that have to do with anything? The fact remains that I’m here, and my baby is here, and we both need to eat. When exactly am I supposed to go to the store?”
You made your bed, now sleep in it! Now that you’ve procreated irresponsibly, it’s on you to rearrange your schedule so that you’re not shopping at the same time that I am.
“But I can’t rearrange my schedule! I only have daycare during the hours I’m in class, and I only have a very narrow window between class time and when the grocery store opens / closes! I’m doing homework the rest of the time!”
Well you should have thought of that before you decided to breed. Your kids are not my problem. Period. By the way, your defiant, entitled attitude isn’t earning you any sympathy.
“I don’t need your sympathy – your sympathy isn’t going to do my coursework, buy my groceries, or care for my children.”
*Scoff* Parents these days.