Most parents have seen their children have tantrums in busy shops.
And mostly annoyed mums and dads have to deal with it – without support.
One young mother, for example, was amazed at the reaction of a shop employee when her little boy started crying.
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Rosie Morris went to Home Bargains on the Wirral near Liverpool with her three year old Ronnie.
He had picked up an orange dinosaur egg and was about to open it before they got to the checkout. After his mother refused, he collapsed on the floor.
Rosie, 23, told our sister site Liverpool echo: “The place was full and he hit me. He threw himself on the floor and everything. The whole place looked at me.
“I felt terrible and really upset. Because of course it’s, I don’t mean to say, embarrassing, but it’s hard, especially because I was alone with him.”
Rosie added, “To be honest, I kind of felt like a bad mom because people looked at me that way.
“I don’t know if people looked at me and thought, ‘Oh, she’s a bad mother,’ or I don’t know if people looked at me and thought, ‘Oh, I want to help her.’ ”
She left her basket on its side and walked past the cash registers to take Ronnie outside.
As she passed the cash register, Shirley, a woman who ended up working, caught her attention.
Rosie said it Liverpool echo: “She said, ‘You’re doing a great job, don’t worry’ and it made me feel a lot better.”
She added, “I wouldn’t say a weight was lifted, but I felt like not everyone was judging me.
“At least one person looked at me and tried very hard. She didn’t have to do that. She also had customers and such. “
Rosie posted about her experience in a Facebook group and thanked the friendly employee.
She said the comments people left on the post made her “so much better”.
I’m so glad I wrote it because I was nervous all day thinking people could talk about me afterwards.
“Then when I wrote this post and saw everyone’s comments, I felt so much better.”
Rosie added, “One person commented on the post and said they were there when it happened. She said she just wanted to come over and give me a hug. “
Comments also came from people who said they all went through what Rosie had as parents.
She said, “It made me feel better knowing that I am not the only one who has been there and I won’t be the last person to have a child with a tantrum.”
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