For some reason, when it comes to parenting and kids, strangers often think they have the right to share opinions that no one asked for. Consider Aussie parenting blogger Sophie Skipper, who recently experienced parent shaming from a woman in the grocery store parking lot. The encounter left her understandably furious.
Sophie had finished shopping and was getting ready to leave the store. She put her groceries in the car, strapped her son into his car seat…that’s where it gets screwy. As she was putting the shopping cart to the return area – just two parking spots away from her car – a ‘Karen’ walked up and started letting her have it. The “crime?” Leaving her kid in the car alone. The woman went after Sophie for her “negligence” and said it was “unthinkable” to leave a child unattended. She added that’s it’s “so typical of new young moms to do what makes them comfortable and not what is best for the child overall.”
While Sophie tried to remain “friendly,” that remark tore it – and she returned fire. Sophie snarked back it wasn’t that woman’s business, and if she felt that concerned, she should have properly assessed the situation first. Added bonus? Sophie noted that perhaps shouldn’t “speak so horrendously about another human being while doing so.” And that’s advice everyone should hear.