Radio Host Defends Mom With Tantruming Child

Matt Walsh told off a fan after their attempt at commiserating about a screaming child in the supermarket. He reminds us that a tantruming child is not indicative of poor parenting


 

Radio personality and blogger Matt Walsh may have lost one fan this week but likely gained hundreds if not thousands more when he posted his blog ‘Dear Parents, you need to control your kids. Sincerely-non parents.’

In a nutshell, the talk-show host told off a fan (likely a former fan now) for his attempt at commiserating about a screaming child in the supermarket.

In what can only be called a verbal smack down, the 19ish year old man leaned into Walsh and said, in a loud enough voice for the mother to hear, “man, some people need to learn how to control their f**king kids.”

That fan sorely misjudged who he was speaking to.

“The lady could definitely hear you, but I guess that was your intention,” Walsh described in his blog. “You had this expression like you were expecting a high five. ‘Yeah, put it here, dude, you really told that young mother and her three year old off! Nice!’ Is that how you thought I’d respond?,” Instead though, Walsh replied “Man, some people need to learn how to shut their mouths, watch their language, and mind their own business.”

*Insert slow clap standing ovation*

There does exist a large contingent of non-parents who think, as Walsh said, “if they ever have kids, they’ll discover the secret formula that will prevent their hypothetical son or daughter from ever crying in front of other people. Then they promptly scrutinize and chastise real parents for not having this fake, imaginary, impossible, non existent formula.” Because, spoiler alert, there is no formula. And a tantruming child is not indicative of poor parenting. My mother loves to relay the countless stories of my brother lying down in various aisles and parking lots of grocery stores around town. My brother is a pretty well-adjusted guy now. Guess my mom’s poor parenting back then didn’t screw him up too badly. Thank small miracles for that!

Here’s the thing most people who glare at moms of tantruming kids don’t seem to understand: she’s in hell too. If you think you’re annoyed by that kid screaming, imagine how she feels. From my own experience, I’ll give you some insight. Parents in that mother’s situation feel some of all of the following; frustration, aggravation, annoyance, ineptitude, humiliation, isolation, and a head ache.  

I expect my child to behave in public but when a kid gets to the point of tantruming, you’d be as successful fending off a rabid dog as you would be calming that child. There is, what I like to call, the point of no return, after which you just gotta let that kid go. Attempts to quell the meltdown only serve to exacerbate it and no one wants that.

We know we get stares. Some of us care, others of us know we’d just be doing it for show if we tried to do anything to intervene when our kid melts down over a box of cereal like you just killed his puppy.

Kudos to Mr. Walsh for telling that 19 year old where to go. More importantly though, kudos to him for sticking up for that mother. It’s all too easy to judge her when you haven’t been in her shoes or it’s been 35 years since you last were.

The reality is, as Walsh so eloquently put, “parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.”

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