Dad Slams Back At Dirty Looks After Taking Screaming Child Out Of The Restaurant

A daddy blogger on Facebook went out to a family restaurant with the wife and kids when the two-year-old started having a meltdown. The father brought the toddler outside to wait for the rest of the family to finish eating, but he didn't appreciate the 'twisted lips' and disapproving looks he got from other patrons. He vented on Facebook, and reminded people that kids need to learn.

Clint Edwards keeps up a blog entitled, “No Idea What I'm Doing: A Daddy Blog.” He recently took to his blog to complain about the way he got dirty looks at a Red Robin because his two-year-old threw a tantrum.

Edwards explains that his two-year-old daughter was having more fun throwing food than eating it. He and his wife insisted she stop flinging her chicken nuggets around, but the little one was having too much fun.

When they put their foot down, she did what two-year-old kids are known to do: she had a meltdown.

The screaming, crying, kicking child was obviously a disruption, so Edwards picked her up and brought her out of the restaurant so she would not disturb other diners. "I carried her past the bar and everyone stared at me, most of them childless, I assumed. No one with children would give me that straight faced, lip twisted, look that seems to say, "if you can't control your kid, then don't go out."

Edwards admits he can't control his toddler; at least not all of the time, yet. She's still learning.

"She's two and it's going to take years to teach her how to act appropriately in public, and the only way I am ever going to teach that is to take her out and show her what's right and wrong. By saying no a million times, letting her throw a fit, and telling her no again," he explained.

Edwards says he realizes that kids can be annoying in a restaurant, but that parents shouldn't be judged for not having perfect children. When parents are working hard to remedy the situation with discipline, or by dragging the kid away from the scene, it's an example of good parenting, not bad parenting.

It's true; being a good parent doesn't mean your child behaves perfectly every moment. It means you take action when your child is behaving badly to teach them better behavior.

Edwards also reminds people that they were once two years old, and their parents taught them the same lessons. "It’s how you learned to be a respectable person," the dad said. "You are looking at what it takes to turn a child into a person."

There's only one problem with Edwards: he might want to change the name of his blog. Sounds like he knows what he's doing well enough.

Source: IJ Review
Photos: Clint Edwards/Facebook, Francisco Carbajal/Flickr, Pixabay, 123RF Stock Photo

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