Lincoln had a photo shoot this morning and moments before we were to leave he had a massive blowout and needed an emergency shower. This made us late.
I arrive to the mall, unload the stroller and literally start running to the door. As I'm running, a lady verbally accosts me, critcizing my parenting. You see, Lincoln was not wearing socks (because we were running late.)
He was wearing pants, a long-sleeve shirt and a tuxedo jacket. It was in the 70's and humid. He was without socks for less than 15 minutes. I didn't want to dignify her by explaining any of that, though. I simply yelled out, 'Thanks for the unsolicited parenting advice!' She kept hurling criticisms and I kept running so as not to miss my appointment.
Several people have told me they would've yelled back, etc. First and foremost, I know it is ridiculous to care what a stranger thinks, but for some illogical reason, it hurt my feelings to have my parenting criticized. Like most moms, I try to do my best.
Secondly, to scream at a stranger is an indicator of mental instability, so I wasn't going to jeopardize my kid's safety to tell her about herself.
Third, I try to be kind. As a rule of thumb. So, I didn't curse at her, or remind her that her own toddler was walking behind her in the parking lot, at the mall, during the holidays. 'Cuz ya know, that's safer than being without socks.
Blugh. I need to resolve not to let her ruin my day. I would never tear down another mom. Personally, I only think advice should be given when someone asks, or when it is life-threatening. But that's just me. Clearly she wasn't concerned that she might offend me. Now that my vent is over, she no longer gets to control my day. She is stripped of her power. Sorry this was long-if you made it through you get some spiked cyber eggnog!