Parents, you all know the feeling. Your screaming toddler is throwing a fit in public, and you’re getting all the stares.
Clint Edwards experienced this same struggle of parenting one night when he and his family were trying to enjoy a casual dinner. But how he handled the situation is what has gone viral.
Edwards and his wife have three children, ages nine, seven, and two. And like most families, they like to occasionally enjoy a nice dinner out.
Edwards, a writer for his hilariously honest blog “No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog” and author of the book “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: (Parenting. Marriage. Madness),” took to Facebook to write a truth-filled message to all complainers who don’t have children. He snapped a selfie saying, “I’m stuck in the van with my toddler… since I was the only one finished with my meal, I had the pleasure of dragging her out of Red Robin.”
“She’s two and it’s going to take years to teach her how to act appropriately in public,” said Edwards. “The only way I am ever going to teach that is to take her out and show her what’s right and wrong.”
He continued his truth rant by exposing that those same irritated diners at the bar were a part of this learning process too. “It’s how you learned to be a respectable person,” he said.
Edwards admitted that in his past days as a server, he used to be that person who got annoyed and complained about children. But now he wishes he could go back and tell his past self all about “the realities of parenting.”
Edwards’ post reached over 150,000 shares in just one week as many parents — and non-parents — soaked in his truthful words. “You are looking at what it takes to turn a child into a person.”
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