We were in the middle of the store when the tantrum started. This was months ago, and I still remember the incident well, although I do not recall what he was crying/screaming/sobbing about, but it was something life-altering in his little 2 year old brain I’m sure.
I was annoyed and embarrassed as it seemed every head in the store turned our direction. I could practically hear them all thinking “there goes another young mom who can’t even handle her children” and other thoughts about my horrendous parenting skills. Times like these I really wish I had bought this onesie (Affiliate) for my daughter to wear in public.
I could tell this tantrum wasn’t ending any time soon, so we left the store immediately. I picked up the baby, abandoned 0ur cart and fled the building. An older woman opened the door to leave immediately after we did. She looked over at us for a moment and I cringed a little inside, ready for her to spout words of disapproval at me or my children.
Instead she looked me in the eye with a smile and said “He’s such a little love, they both are…” and then walked away.
I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful those words were to me that day, and even now. She came to me in a moment when I had truly forgotten that my son is a “little love”. I couldn’t see past the obnoxious amount of tears to remember that, he’s not trying to cause trouble, he’s just struggling right now.
I loved that the kind woman was willing to point it out to me. Not in judgment, or reprimand, just a simple statement, a beautiful reminder of the sweetness of my children.
Our kiddos are little loves, even when they throw tantrums and even when they’re wild. They are beautiful, and they are learning. I’m so thankful for that woman on my hard day, because she reminded me of the type of mama that I want to be; patient and kind in the midst of tantrums and the tumultuous toddler years. She could have said a lot of things, we had inconvenienced her shopping trip and were in her way as she tried to exit the store. But she chose to speak words of love to me and my children. Something I was struggling to do myself. But she gave me hope, and that made all the difference in our day.
So maybe it’s been a long day, or a long week (or month? or year…) but what is one thing that your child does that makes your heart melt? One thing that they’ve done to remind you what Little Loves they are? Share in the comments so we can enjoy the stories together!
For tips on dealing with tantrums check out this post to hear something I figured out about preventing tantrums, shortly after this incident in the grocery store!