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You're right, you're right. Next time I'm having luch somewhere and my kid starts to fuss, I guess I'll just get up in the middle of it and leave. Or if I'm at the grocery store I'll just leave my cart half full and go on home, an outcast from society because I have (gasp!) a baby. Almost as bad as being a leper.

Just thinking back to my own childhood, and early memories of temper tantrums at around the age of 3 or so. Screaming meeemies, just being a total brat....

I can still recall the sensation of my mother's fingernails digging into the flesh of my upper arm as she left her cart in the aisle, marched my butt out to the parking lot and took me home and punished me (not by spanking--I can't remember what she did, but I remember those fingernails!).

I am guessing I probably pulled that about two or three times max before I got the message.

Yes, a tiny baby is different, and people will cut you more slack. But I can't count the number of times that I have seen parents out with their very small children late at night where the child is clearly exhausted, cranky and wants nothing more than to be home in bed, where they should be. Yet mom and dad don't want to give up eating out, or whatever it is they are doing.... Too many people have kids and then are somehow absolutely SHOCKED that their lifestyle is upset.

(I'm not directing this at you, but lately I have encountered an awful lot of parents who just can't be bothered with their kids--either to discipline them or to otherwise take care of them properly).

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