Before you start your keyboard campaign, think about the consequences.
Last year, I, like most mothers, was shocked to read that a WA mum was asked to leave a clothing store for refusing to remove the bottle from her son’s mouth. The store blamed the incident on their strict no food or drink policy.
I read the article and felt sorry for poor Alissa. As a mum of a five-month-old – if someone asked me to remove it, I would react in a very similar manner. I would take out my smoking gun (my smartphone) and publicly bash the source of my anger.
Mothers are dealing with enough stress that we honestly just need the world to behave FOR 5 MINUTES!
And while you've heard of the outrage, this store has now closed due to the negativity that suffocated it out of business.
I think this is really sad. This store has been open for 11 years, which to me means that the owner probably doesn’t know much about social media and its relentless power.
We are constantly going into bat for mums who are being judged for their choices.
A mother changes a baby’s nappy on the café table and is asked not to – HOW DARE THEY?
A mother is asked to leave a store after not adhering to their drink policy – LET’S GET THEM SHUT DOWN.
Can we take a minute to look at this from the other side of the coin? What if you are the person sitting next to the mum in the café? You don’t have kids; you don’t understand that most places, very inconveniently, do not have change tables in their bathrooms. You don’t know the struggles that mum faced just getting out of the house to visit that café. You are just trying to enjoy your Chicken Parma minus a side of baby faeces.