Submitted by a local mom
"When you see a kid act out in public don't just assume because they look 'normal' they must be spoiled entitled kids or that the parents are lazy bad parents. You don't know what that family's struggle is. The child may be autistic or have ADHD (yes it's real), SPD (sensory processing disorder) or some other non-obvious condition. Have some compassion for one another. Offer an encouraging smile because believe me it goes a long way. It may have taken them all day to do one simple task that 'normal' people take for granted. The parent may be taking everything they have within them to keep it together long enough to get in and get out."
Note from the editor: We have seen this happen on many occasions in our local community and we have also seen tremendous acts of kindness from strangers who try to support that parent who is struggling. We live in an extremely judgmental culture, which has only been getting worse in the recent years. Remember we are all in this struggle together. We need to support one another instead of being judgmental and offering criticism. Children will model what they see, so let us be the good role models they need us to be.
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