You frequently only need some compassionate looks from other parents when your young child is experiencing a tantrum in public. Often since they have experienced it themselves or are likely to do so in the near future. One passenger on the train, however, received the opposite response when a mother approached her and asked her sobbing kid to be quiet since her child was asleep. Read the story and share your thoughts on this.
Yesterday I was coming home from a day out with my son, aged 3 on the train. We had been out all morning and he was in top form but by the time we got on the train he was understandably tired.
It was a modern train you can walk through with no doors and spacious, wide aisles but still some seats free and no one had to stand.
Son was in the window seat and was standing up so I asked him to sit down and to keep him occupied I gave him my phone to watch a video on silent so as not to disturb the other passengers. When we were nearly at our stop, I asked for my phone to check the time of our connection and he proceeded to cry as he was watching a cartoon.
A mum who was sitting behind me heard all this and came to the aisle, bent down beside us, leaned in. I thought she was going to offer my son a toy or a sweet to cheer him up but instead she said “do you think you could be quiet? My baby is asleep”.
I told her in no uncertain terms that I would not be asking him to stop crying and that we have a baby at home too. She isn’t the first person to have a baby asleep on public transport. She could easily have walked the baby in the buggy further down the train.
Am I Being Unreasonable to think that asking a toddler who is crying and having a tantrum to not cry is bats**** crazy?