A mum was left speechless after a shopper took her son’s dummy out of his mouth and scolded her for letting him use one in the first place.
Australian blogger Corissa Rieschieck was out shopping with her two-year-old son when the incident took place.
Her little boy (who she affectionately refers to as ‘the gremlin’) was getting tired and fractious during the shopping trip and so she popped his dummy in his mouth to soothe him.
What happened next left her reeling.
Corissa explains in her blog:
‘Out of nowhere, an older woman approached us. She reached out, promptly plucking the dummy out of the gremlin’s unsuspecting mouth while scolding me about how he doesn’t need it and I shouldn’t be so bad a parent as to give it to him.’
The woman walked off with the dummy but soon walked back to give Corissa a further piece of her mind as she pressed the dummy into her hand, as Corissa recounts:
‘What kind of parent did I think I was to be using a dummy?’ and ‘I should know better, it’s no wonder he screams’.
Corissa said that the incident ‘stunned her into silence’. She was not only angry that a complete stranger felt she had the right to ‘parent shame’ her in public but also that:
‘A complete stranger actually had the nerve to get so close to my son as to take something from him without any care for getting my permission.’
Corissa shared her story in her blog several months after the dummy-snatching incident occurred.
She says she feels angry with herself for not responding to the woman as she was shocked into silence.
But she also questions why people feel to comment on other people’s parenting. If they are parents themselves, have they forgotten how hard it can be? If they’re not parents, she asks, how can they be so rude?
Have you ever been parent-shamed, and how did you deal with it?