We were riding a crowded train earlier today, standing next to a young family who had a child in a stroller.
The child appeared to be about 18 months old, and at first, seemed content to just sit in the stroller. However, after a couple of minutes, she became upset about something and started crying, with the crying becoming louder and louder and more persistent.
The dad tried everything to stop the crying, starting with trying to get his daughter to sit properly in the stroller. That didn’t work.
Then he started rocking the stroller back and forth. That didn’t work.
Then he got out a spray bottle, the kind that gives off a fine mist. He sprayed the mist directly into the child’s face, several times. To no one’s surprise, well at least mine, that didn’t work either. In fact, the screaming intensified every time he sprayed the mist.
He then took out his phone and opened up a kid’s video. He put the video one inch from his daughter’s face, trying to get her to watch it. I could see her little hand at work, trying to swat the phone away. If you guessed that this just made things worse, you would be correct.
So now we had a child who was inconsolable, and a dad who was also on the edge of a meltdown.
Enter the hero of the moment – mom.
She unbuckled the child, even though her husband didn’t seem to be a fan of the idea.
The mom then lifted her daughter out of the stroller and wrapped her in a big hug, with the child’s head nestling comfortably into the mom’s shoulder.
I bet you can guess what effect this had.
The child immediately calmed down, and all seemed right with the world again.
Three cheers for mom…
*image from Mommie Nearest