Mom to man annoyed with toddler on flight: 'The problem wasn't with us, it was with you'

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Mom to man annoyed with toddler on flight: 'The problem wasn't with us, it was with you'

Having a crying child on your flight might seem like a nuisance, but one mom made sure to let everyone know it's even more nerve-wracking for parents.

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Teach your baby to sign. Just because a child can't talk doesn't mean there isn't lots that she'd like to say. Simple signs can help you know what she needs and even how she feels well before she has the words to tell you - a great way to reduce frustration.

Rasha Ali, USA TODAY Published 12:34 p.m. ET Feb. 5, 2019 | Updated 12:59 p.m. ET Feb. 5, 2019
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Having crying, screaming kids on your flight is taxing, yes, but even more so if you're the parent of those crying, screaming children.

Stephanie Hollifield, a mom blogger for Momstrosity , wrote an open letter to an annoyed gentleman on her flight who appeared visibly bothered by her toddler's cries midair.

"I first noticed you when you sighed loudly as you laid eyes on me and my toddler boarding the plane. From the over dramatic huffs and puffs you let out as we buckled in, it was clear that you were annoyed by our very presence," the mom started in a lengthy social-media post . "I wondered if you had a bad day, or if this grouchy temperament was your normal temperament." She wrote that as her daughter had a tantrum, the man continued his "mutters of annoyance and looks over your shoulder. You even shoved the back of the sear towards us."

Hollifield went on to explain that this was her first time flying with her baby girl and that when her daughter started to throw a tantrum, she felt ashamed and guilty for being unable to calm her kid. So much so that she almost started crying right along with her daughter.

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"I apologized to everyone around me. I almost started crying myself. I was feeling shame and guilt for not being able to control my own child," shared Hollifield. "I was at the end of my rope, but then, an angel to the rescue- the flight attendant came by and gave my daughter a cup and straw to play with."

"Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them." - Oscar Wilde

The mom went on to say how a simple kind gesture was all nervous flying mothers really need and that if you can't be kind or offer up a smile, then just keep your judgments to yourself.

She said she also realized: "The problem wasn’t with us, it was with you. What you need to know, is that while children can be terribly inconvenient now, they will run the world when you are old and grey."

Hollifield is the same mom who went viral in November for asking the internet for help with her black daughter's hair.

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Know the value of face-to-face communication. Very young children learn best through two-way communication. Engaging in back-and-forth "talk time" is critical for language development. Conversations can be face-to-face or, if necessary, by video chat with a traveling parent or far-away grandparent. Research has shown that it's that "back-and-forth conversation" that improves language skills—much more so than "passive" listening or one-way interaction with a screen.