I remember it like it was yesterday. After a lovely time at our local children’s museum, followed by a light lunch, my then 3 year old son became cranky (possibly because nap time was just around the corner) and began to scream at the top of his lungs for the next seven city blocks.
Short of trying to calm him down, first by asking what was wrong and then by telling him to quiet down, all I could do was to strap him to the stroller and hike it out of there as fast as I could.
For seven of what seemed like the longest city blocks ever, he did not only yell and scream but stretch himself out (like toddlers do), in hopes to pry himself out of the stroller straps.
For me, this felt like the walk of shame. Not only was I unable to bring order to the melt down to end all melt downs, but also had to endure the looks of judgement, bewilderment, confusion and even suspicion from other moms, who wondered what did I do to bring such a reaction from a 3 year old. But guess what? It was simply just one of those things… A perfect storm created by just the right amount of excitement and exhaustion in the day of a 3 year old boy. Which brings me to the recent set of images circling the internet of Charlize Theron and her 4 year old son having a meltdown on a parking lot.
In her defense, I can’t imagine going through what is for millions of moms, a not so pleasant part of the parenting process. And mind you, not only was she trying to bring order to the situation, but was doing so with her newly adopted infant daughter already in the car.
Administering discipline is part of the job… And sometimes, yes, it has to be done publicly. Sad to say that because of the many cases of ‘real’ abuse around us, many of us, God fearing good parents become oftentimes scrutinized for something that is simply part of the job, and in Theron’s case, it’s multiplied a million times over in the era of social media.
Could she had done it differently? What would you do differently? In the scheme of things, Is it any of our business anyway? Or when does a well intended parent, cross the line in an attempt to secure his or/her child while bringing order to the situation. Be sure to leave your comments below.