On a nice night out at a restaurant with the family, nothing ruins dinner more than a kicking and screaming toddler who, in that moment, you hesitate to claim as your own .
When a child is misbehaving in public, society has this awful tendency to shame parents. The looks, the salty eye-rolls, the stares, the snarks, people are not afraid to let you know that your child is out of control.
Clint Edwards is a daddy blogger, who admittedly has no idea what he’s doing. He took to Facebook this week after a family dinner at Red Robin went horribly wrong:
“I’m stuck in the van with my toddler. We went out to dinner as a family, and she had a meltdown because mom wouldn’t let her throw chicken strips. So she screamed, and screamed, and kicked and kicked, and since I was the only one finished with my meal, I had the pleasure of dragging her out of Red Robin.
I carried her past the bar and everyone stared at me, most of them childless, I assumed. No one with children would give me that straight faced, lip twisted, look that seems to say, ‘If you can’t control your kid, then don’t go out.’
Clint, whose own father never invested in his life, continues his post with the realest of real parenting rant he could possibly give to everyone who gave him “the look.”