If you have kids, chances are you've experienced the dreaded three-alarm meltdown in the middle of a public place, making you question if your toddler is actually human. The only thing that can make the situation worse is a good samaritan swooping in to "help" with unsolicited advice or comments. So, in the event you find yourself swooping, here are 10 things you should never say to a mom with a screaming toddler.
All kidding aside, being a parent is hard. And even though your comments may be intended to help, commenting doesn't make things any easier. You won't be offering advice the parent hasn't already tried or heard before. Your groans of dissatisfaction won't make the toddler be quiet. Your attempt of showing pitty on the parent only makes him or her feel like more of a failure.
So, the next time you want to help the poor parent with the screaming toddler, consider offering him or her a reassuring smile or a look of understanding as if to say, "Been there, done that." A little unity and fellowship goes a long way.