A mum was left stunned and feeling furious when she realised a stranger at the supermarket was berating her parenting skills
A mum has hit back at a stranger who accused her of ‘neglecting’ her toddler in a supermarket as she feels unfairly attacked.
The woman revealed she had been shouted at by an older woman for ‘abandoning her child’ and was offered unsolicited advice on the matter. The mum-of-one packed her shopping in the car and strapped her son into his car seat before walking away from her vehicle to put away her trolley.
She was left feeling confused after being slammed for her decision by one judgmental stranger. The Aussie mum named Sophie was quick to defend herself, revealing that the trolley bay had been a ‘mere two car spots over from her parked car.’ She felt she had been painted out to be a ‘bad mother’ even though the stranger hadn’t known the full extent of her situation.
The mum didn’t think she’d done anything wrong until another woman approached her and began telling her off. Taking to her Instagram page in May 2020, Sophie wrote: “Had my first run in with a ‘Susan’ today. You know, the woman who knows everything and is never afraid to tell you in the most direct and degrading way? Especially when it comes to motherhood.
“She didn’t see my toddler have a good old cry and scream over which trolley we took, she didn’t catch him stealing grapes out of the bag that we hadn’t paid for yet and she hadn’t even seen him chuck a wobbly because I didn’t have any coins to toss down the money spinner in the entrance way.
“What she did witness however, was me closing the car door with my son inside it as I walked away. I was walking from my car to the trolley bay which was a mere two car spots over from my parked car.
“Child strapped in safely, happily watching Bluey, window half down and keys in my pocket nowhere near the ignition. She proceeded to scoff at my ‘negligence’ and how unthinkable it was to leave a child unattended and that it was ‘so typical of new young mums’ to do what makes them comfortable and not what is best for the child overall.”
Sophie continues to say how she attempted to remain “friendly” towards the unknown woman while this was going on, pointing out it was a quick dash and not a hike she’d gone on. But eventually she had enough.
Finally she told the stranger: “Although it wasn’t her business, if she really felt that concerned on the situation, to properly asses it all first and maybe don’t speak so horrendously about another human being while doing so?”
She then added an empowering reminder on the end of her post to all the mums who had ever found themselves in that uncomfortable situation. “Here’s to the mum doing her best, and it still not being enough for those onlookers. But guess what? You’re not raising those onlookers, you’re raising your own family. So pick your battles and own that s**t like the warrior you are!”
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