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Stop apologizing for kids: Mom hands out 200 earplugs on plane fearing baby 'may cry'
A mom flying from Seoul to San Francisco passed out treats and earplugs. Sweet gesture but no parent needs apologize for babies doing what babies do.
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Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, "You're great," try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, "Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was hard, and I really liked your patience."
A mom flying from Seoul, South Korea, to San Francisco reportedly passed out 200 earplugs, Korean candy and a note preemptively apologizing if her 4-month-old baby cried.
"Today, I am going to the U.S. with my mom and grandma to see my aunt," the note addressed as if it were from the baby read. "I'm a little bit nervous and scary (sic) because it's my first flight in my life, which means that I may cry or make too much noise. I will try to go quietly, though I can't make any promises... Please excuse me."
So sweet. So unnecessary.
While thoughtful, neither this mom nor any parent should have to apologize for a baby being a baby. Babies cry, people!
Facebook user Dave Corona , who's a cameraman for San Francisco's KGO-TV, said during the 10-hour flight "not a peep out the kid" was heard.
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The sweet gesture must have taken this mom a long time to get organized for so many people.
Let's hope this doesn't catch on. Although it has happened before, including when the parents of twins gave out candy and earplugs on a 2016 flight to Florida.
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Many people on the Facebook post praised the action, with one commenter saying, "What a great mom to think about the other passengers."
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Agreed, she does sound like a great mom. The action was lovely, but she should have never been made to feel she needed to "excuse" herself or her baby in the first place.
As one Facebook user said: "That was a nice gesture, but I think people need to be more understanding on flights and not make parents and their children feel so 'unwelcome' on flights. We were all babies at one point in life."
Know this: Most parents do what they can to minimize children's discomfort and disruption during a flight. They breastfeed or bottle feed during takeoffs and landings to prevent ears from hurting. For older kids, they pack snacks, break out new toys and stream favorite movies.
Many parents live in mortal fear of flying with children because of the snide looks and nasty comments.
Still, kids get bouncy and have trouble modulating their voice. Because, well, kids.
It doesn't mean parents need to placate the eyeball rolling, huffy adults with candy and earplugs. Adults can bring their own.
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Gossip about your kids. Fact: What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child "catch" you whispering a compliment about him to Grandma, Dad, or even his teddy.