I’m sitting in the waiting room of a children’s therapy clinic while Jack “plays” with a speech therapist. I’m watching kids of various ages and abilities play and talk and whine and cry and share and be selfish like kids do. I’m thinking about other parents.

I realize that I’m late to the gorilla, alligator, dingo ate my baby post. Too soon? Anyway, I’ve read the parents shouldn’t shame each other post. We should back each other up posts. I’ve read the animal lover outrage. This week at my bus stop I heard a teen say horrible monstrous things because she was angry that alligators and gorillas have been killed while her mother laughed nervously and tried to excuse her animal lover.

So let me turn this on its head as I sit in this incredibly loud waiting room of parents and kids and obviously different parenting styles. My initial, knee-jerk reaction was “why were they there and would I have made the same mistake? Walking where signs said ‘keep out’ trying to keep a toddler quiet?” I sent a quick text to friends with a two-year old that parent the same way I do. My initial response was being horrified, sad and maybe a little judgement.

If I did quietly consider that these parents weren’t where they were supposed to be, it was because the media wanted me to. Constantly posting no swimming signs showing where a two year old would stand. Oh my word, not once did they mention that alligator warning signs weren’t posted. Not once did they mention it was a beach atmosphere begging to have toes in the water. Absolutely I would have let my kids wade in that water. It could have been me.

This begs the question why does the media feel the need to push us to outrage? Their coverage made a teen act like she was happy the two-year old “got what he deserved” for being in a wild animal’s habitat. If the media can push us to pass judgement on this poor family instead of trying our best to support them, what else are they doing? 

Just something to say outloud and think about…