Have you ever had the experience where you are made to feel like the worst parent of the year when you are working to discipline your child? Have you ever said to yourself, I never thought I would say that?
I know that for me, both have occurred. As a father you have to make some big decisions that can ultimately make long lasting effects on the growth and development of your own children.
One experience that I had that just galled me was one day when I was sitting in the parking lot of a Target. Diva-J had just been taken out of the store because of bad behavior and she was crying (screaming was more like it). I placed her in her seat and buckled her into her seat. Needless to say I was a bit upset, but I did my best to keep my cool. As I was shutting the door, a young woman came up to me and said, “I saw you hit your child!”
I was incensed. I in very few words let it known to this so called do-gooder that I would never hit my child no matter how angry I would get. She still thought that I had hit Diva-J, and the only thing that I could think of that might have looked like this was when I was buckling Diva-J into her seat and I had to quickly buckle to keep her in her seat. It didn’t help that Diva-J was screaming the entire time.
Needless to say, not a moment that I would like to happen everyday, but it did teach me a lesson of how some actions can look to a passerby.
Have any of you ever had something like this happen?