I was minding my own business when an email popped into my inbox from Mumsnet. I love having a read through their AIBU posts (that's 'am I being unreasonable' if you haven't had the pleasure of stumbling upon them before).
Anyway... this one pop's up and I couldn't not vent.
The poster asks if people think it's unreasonable for her to be annoyed at parents, for letting their kids 'toddle around'. As apparently they get in their way when they're in a rush.
Toddlers, toddling around.
Who'd have thought it!
Isn't the clue in the name? Toddlers, TODDLE.
Now don't get me wrong. Of course I think there's definitely a time and a place. Would I let Parker wander through a supermarket when it's really busy? No! Would I let him explore Primark on a Saturday? Definitely not!
But letting him wander about the shopping centre.
Walk holding my hand on the preschool run.
He's a nightmare in the pushchair, and you'll probably find I 'get in your way' more when I have to stop every 10 steps, to stop him screaming / fighting his way out of the thing. We also have reins, but I'm not hugely into them (anyone else think they feel like you're walking a dog?).
He's learning and exploring. Taking in the world around him.
So my toddlers are going to toddle.
They may even try to say hello.
I'm not sorry at all.