On behalf of the Childfree who are Not Parent Haters - Page 2
Think of the bus riders first when you are thinking of what stroller to bring on the bus. Help the mother who drops something as she chases after her toddler. Think harder about how your three year old will do in that fancy restaurant. Pick up the three year old’s toy that just fell from the restaurant high chair, give it back to him and smile. You get my drift.
A point made by journalist Carolyn Hax in a Washington Post column is relevant here. A woman wrote in, wondering why her best friend, a mom, always seems so busy. After Hax goes in to a diatribe about why moms are so busy, she flatly says, “Either make a sincere effort to understand or keep your snit to yourself.”
The message is similar for parents in public situations -- make an effort to see beyond your child, and consider your and your child's impact on those around you, or keep your hate and resentment accusations to yourself.
I bet if parents and non-parents led more with kindness, consideration and respect for others, many versions of parent/non-parent snits would dissipate.
I am all for that.