What do you think of those stories that do the rounds from time to time of parents handing out goody bags to other passengers when travelling long-distance with a baby?
There was a fabulous one in the news recently about a couple who were flying from Newark to Orlando with 18-month-old twins - their first time in a plane.
The mum and dad handed the passengers seated near to them a pack explaining that this was the babies' first time flying and inside was some earplugs and sweets.
At the time I thought it was a lovely gesture but also firmly agreed with those who said it seems sad that parents should feel like they have to apologise for the existence of their babies when travelling.
However, as I queued to board a plane last night and the ear-splitting sound of a toddler throwing a tantrum echoed around the stairwell and pummelled the ears of those around me, I found myself wishing for my own goody bag and ear plugs.
Now I know it's mean-spirited to be judgemental about the parenting skills of others, especially those wrangling toddlers on long trips, but having left my three at home to fly to London for a work trip, I'll admit that I felt a teeny bit resentful at having to listen to the piercing screams of someone else's child.
So while I agree that parents should never feel like they have to apologise to other people for their presence of their children, I also wish all parents approached travelling with babies and young children with the same degree of consideration as the parents of those twins.
But what's your view? Have you ever handed out goody bags to other passengers whilst travelling with your baby and if so, how were they received?
Or have you ever been given one by another parent? And do you think it's a kind, considerate idea, or a sad reflection of our times and our increasing intolerance towards kids and babies?
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