So I broke a rule I know I shouldn't have....
I brought Devin to Wal-mart during his typical nap time. He didn't even seem tired until about 2 minutes before we pulled in to the parking lot. He was fine at first, helping me look for a birthday present. Of course we were in the toy section and I offered to get him a set of really cool Nick Jr cars- he said no, a movie- he said no, so we found the Matchbox gift and then we were off. I strolled over to the kids' section since I need new sippy cups for pre-school (starting Monday...stay tuned). On the way Devin begins screaming and crying and hitting me from the cart. I firmly told him that is not how we act in the store and that is not how we ask for something. He persisted and I told him that he was in "Time Out" (yes, cart time out, lol) and he started screaming, "I listen Mommy! I listen!" Ummm....no you aren't.
It was utterly embarassing. Everyone was staring at me. I just kept on pushing the cart with my head held high and a ferociously serious face. Devin kept this up through check out, through the parking lot, and even did the whole arching of the back thing to get into the car seat (I know you have all experienced that one). He passed out about half way home....thank goodness!
My question, though, is this.....Do all of those strangers who were gawking at me really never have their child do this at some point or another? Do they want me to believe they have never "been there" or that I am a bad parent?
Whatever. At least I didn't give in.