Parents would do anything to protect their children from any harms – emotional or physical.
Jessica Lemire is one of those strong mothers who tries to provide the best care for her little boy, Sam.
One day, they were walking over to their car in the parking lot, then Sam fell and hit his head. Jessica quickly went to check if he was ok, then proceeded to calm him down by giving him hugs and kisses.
Even though he had a bump on his head, Sam was comforted after Jessica held him and gave him a glass of milk.
Then, Jessica and Sam went to a local grocery store to get some things.
When she went to check out her items, however, the cashier said something that made Jessica upset.
After coming home from the store, Jessica then wrote about her experience on Facebook, which went viral.
Here’s an excerpt from her post:
“This morning after Baby Garden, Sam fell in the parking lot and hit his head. Shortly afterwards we went into Trader Joe’s to pick up a few groceries.
The woman at the checkout counter commented on Sam’s head and proceeded to tell me she hoped I’d ignored him when he fell, so I could ‘toughen him up.’“
“No, I told her, I didn’t. I won’t ignore my son’s cries – injured or not.
What sort of world do we live in where we are supposed to let the smallest and most vulnerable among us to struggle alone?
If he were an adult that had fallen and hit his head, would others not rush to help? To make sure he’s ok?
Why would we offer anything different to our children?
I refuse to believe that this ‘toughens them up.’ All it does is break their trust and wound their spirits.”
She also went on to say that she will always help Sam whenever he needs her – no matter what.
What would you have done if you were in Jessica’s position?
Would you do what Jessica did, or would you ‘ignore’ your baby so that he or she could toughen up?