Woman Snaps Photo Of Dad Watching His Toddler Scream On The Floor, It Quickly Goes Viral
Cailyn Finkel 6/29/2017
It was Father's Day and Justin Baldoni and his family were out to grab a few quick items at Whole Foods. Instead of running in and out of the store like they wanted to, Justin's daughter decided to throw an enormous tantrum right in the middle of a busy aisle.
Now Justin's reaction (or non-reaction) to his daughter's blow up is gaining attention online....
Justin took to Facebook to share what happened inside the Whole Foods and what he learned from his daughter's massive temper tantrum:
"[My wife] Emily took this in Whole Foods. It's now one of my favorite photos ever of me and my dad.
Two men, standing together in silence, forever bonded by an unconditional love for both each other and this brand new, raw and pure soul who we would both go to the ends of the earth for.
I can only imagine how many times I did this when I was her age.
My dad taught me so much about what it means to be a man, but this post is about one thing and one thing only. Being comfortable in the uncomfortable."
"Something I grew up watching him do with me over and over again. There are no perfect parents, but one thing my dad taught me is to not parent based on what anyone else thinks. My dad always let me feel what I needed to feel, even if it was in public and embarrassing.
I don't remember him ever saying 'You're embarrassing me!' or 'Don't cry!'
It wasn't until recently that I realized how paramount that was for my own emotional development. Our children are learning and processing so much information and they don't know what to do with all of these new feelings that come up.
I try to remember to make sure my daughter knows it's OK that she feels deeply. It's not embarrassing to me when she throw tantrums in the grocery store, or screams on a plane. I'm her dad.... not yours.
Let's not be embarrassed for our children. It doesn't reflect on you.
In fact.... we should probably be a little more kind and patient with ourselves too. If we got out everything we were feeling and allowed ourselves to throw tantrums and cry when we felt the need to then maybe we'd could also let ourselves feel more joy and happiness.
And that is something this world could definitely use a little more of."
Instead of getting upset at his daughter for crying in a public place, he let her go through the range of emotions and calm herself down. Surely, Justin and his father were given some dirty looks by other customers - but he didn't care one bit!
While some people may not like his technique, Justin feels comfortable with his parenting style! Do you agree with his attitude towards parenting? Share your own thoughts, feelings and advice in the Facebook comments section!
Sources: Facebook/Justin Baldoni / FB Image Credit: Facebook/Justin Baldoni