Gotta feel for those “new parents” or the parents with “that kid” that starts to holler, whine, complain, moan, scream…just as they are headed towards Santa and Mrs. Claus at the local mall. Not to worry mom and dad, for those of us who have had kids…we’ve been there done that. Somehow Santa usually, most times, gets that child back under control once they approach the big lad in the red suit. Enjoy the mall and more importantly enjoy those kids – no matter what the mood beholds.

The next post of Holiday Awesome that I am drawing from Neil Pasricha’s “Book of (Holiday) Awesome is all about the crying kids in the mall. Of course, the awesomeness that he points to is that the kid is not yours.

Calling on all parents. Don’t feel bad about the child crying in the mall. Those of us that are parents can quickly tell you that we’ve been there and done that. Don’t be embarrassed, don’t rush off with the child, don’t hide in the washroom until soothers are in place. Just let your child wail away until consoled and carry on with your Christmas or Holiday shopping.

The fact is you are probably bringing joy to many of us that have fond memories of our own children at that age. I do recall so many seniors that would have commented: “I remember those years of joy”. I know, I know, that moment of wailing in the mall is not a current moment of joy for the current parent. However, the point I’m making is that those around you are likely not as fussed or embarrassed as you being the parent. We all sympathize and have a little smile inside to share with you.

And Santa’s lap…always good for a loud wail now and again…smiles.

@FergDevins