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flootshoot Thu 11-Nov-10 14:36:58

This is just going to be a rant but it's really starting to get on my tits.

My cousin is a lovely woman, educated, kind, intelligent but since she had children she's so damn judgemental!! We live far apart but text often, usually things like 'you'll never guess what DS did today' you know the sort of thing.

I decided to pick her brains about double buggies as DS will be just two when DD comes along and she has a similar age gap between hers. Well. This is obviously a subject she feels rather strongly about...... No, she didn't get a double buggy. She made her DS walk. Fair enough, but she then went on to say that she often sees parents pushing toddlers about and she thinks they're daft and 'making their children lazy'. I did point out tactfully that perhaps some people's circumstances were different, perhaps they needed to push their kids about? She sort of conceded and we left it there. But now I'm getting the brunt of her judginess. Everytime I mention something even vaguely related to walking (eg. buying DS some wellies) I get a message back with an anecdote about the latest child she's seen who is 'too old' to be in a buggy.

Now, the irony is that she drives! And she lives in a suburb with nothing nearby so she drives everywhere. So although her DS walks, he doesn't have to walk very far, nor does he ever have to walk from A to B in a time limit. I don't drive. If I need to be somewhere on time and can't dawdle it's the buggy. If it's pissing rain and howling a gale, the next best thing to driving is to bundle DS up in a buggy with a footmuff and rain cover (he's not even 2 yet BTW). If I have shopping to pick up it's much easier and safer to load the buggy with shopping bags and DS than to try and lug it all home and hang on to a toddler with no road sense.

Her latest text was about a school age child she'd seen in a buggy and uniform on. Apprently said child 'didn't look disabled'. But they might have been, mightn't they? Or maybe they are a pre-schooler with a 5 mile walk home. I find it amusing that she's doing all this judging from her nice toasty warm car, and probably wouldn't bat an eyelid if the same child was driven half a mile home.

Well done for getting this far.... grin

The more she goes on, the more I start to doubt myself. AI really BU to think that it might be appropriate to our circumstances to get a double buggy???!

coatgate Thu 11-Nov-10 14:38:47

Get a double buggy.

HecateQueenOfWitches Thu 11-Nov-10 14:40:03

start getting judgy to her about people who drive everywhere grin

Rockbird Thu 11-Nov-10 14:40:15

She sounds like a silly tart to be honest DD is 2.10 and mostly walks. But if we're going to the shops then it's into the pushchair she goes and she knows it. I'd rather push her than chase her round the shops. We drive a lot though as well. If we walked more then it'd definitely be the buggy. Has no bearing on her ability to walk, more like my ability to carry her when she throws a strop/chase after her etc.

pjmama Thu 11-Nov-10 14:40:27

If you want a double buggy, get one! It's none of her bloody business and she's only judging others so she can feel superior - her problem, not yours.

Santiagosmama Thu 11-Nov-10 14:40:58

Erm... agree with coatgate.

EricNorthmansMistress Thu 11-Nov-10 14:41:10

Ignore the silly caaaah! She has not a clue what it is like trying to negotiate a toddler on public transport or walking distances, and with a baby in a pram as well shock Just get your buggy and ignore her digs.

Mercedes519 Thu 11-Nov-10 14:41:18

YANBU

Ignore, ignore, ignore.

We used the buggy for DS until he was well past 3 because he --was lazy-- got tired if we had to walk a long way or be somewhere at a particular time. It also meant we could go further afield because he could stop walking on the way back.

Not to mention safety, convinience etc.

Double buggy is one option, buggy board or one of those strap on side chairs?

Tee2072 Thu 11-Nov-10 14:41:23

Get a double buggy.

My 17 month old rides very happily in his buggy. Like you, we have no car and walk every where.

Also, great for creating naps and then the buggy just slides right into his room!

bruffin Thu 11-Nov-10 14:41:29

I had a two year gap and couldn't be without a double buggy. I don't drive and walked miles.

winnybella Thu 11-Nov-10 14:41:36

Of course, YANBU. She's being ridiculous. First of all, it's not her business, second, some children have disabilities that are not visible to naked eye and third, it is absolutely reasonable for a 2 or 3 yo to be in a buggy, especially if you have some distance to cover and have a baby as well.

Mercedes519 Thu 11-Nov-10 14:42:21

Hyphens didn't work sad

Poogles Thu 11-Nov-10 14:42:46

Had same age gap between my 2. Got a Phil & Ted. DS1 could walk when he wanted to andthen jump in when tired (also helped that when he walked I had extra shopping space!).

I do get my judgy pants on when I see kids jump in a buggy outside of school - saw one child come out of reception class, get into a buggy, pushed 5 mins up the road and then got int he car. [hmmm]

BuntyPenfold Thu 11-Nov-10 14:43:41

No YANBU - most people compromise , don't they?
Walk in good weather, ride in buggy in bad weather etc.

I used to push DS age 2 or 3 to shops or library, and he would walk back as stroller was loaded with veg and books. It was about a mile and a half, he was fine to walk it one way.

Does she have anyone else to sound off to? It sounds as if that is what she needs, so direct her here and she can start (another) thread about giant kids in strollers

FindingMyMojo Thu 11-Nov-10 14:44:33

what an arse your cousin is. Get a double buggy & stop listening to her! grin

chandellina Thu 11-Nov-10 14:45:36

oh definitely call her out on her own driving laziness.

flootshoot Thu 11-Nov-10 14:47:21

I'm SO glad it's not just me. Paranoia was starting set in!

FWIW, we've haven't got a double buggy (lack of space), but I'm fully intending to sling the baby and let DS have the pushchair for another few months if he needs it, and I have the loan of a double if I want it.

LaWeaselMys Thu 11-Nov-10 14:47:26

Get a double.

I moan about this lots, but totally NT DD is a late walker, and tall for our town. She can't walk to the shops from our house - maybe a 1/4 mile.

I don't drive either, so DD will need a pushchair for a long time to go on the bus to recent cities etc, as shopping trips take hours. But that doesn't mean she stays in the pushchair the whole time! Or that I don't encourage her to walk as far as she can.

One of those issues that makes it obvious how short-sighted some people are, and how rough it must be for Parents of people with SN.

Tell your sis to naff off in her cosy car.

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 11-Nov-10 14:48:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ooopsadaisy Thu 11-Nov-10 14:48:00

The only person who understands your situation fully is you. People who judge others are generally quite unhappy in their own lives so have to look outside and criticise.

"Never judge anyone til you've walked a mile in their shoes" - words of wisdom from my Granny (1911-2009). She never had a fridge or freezer or washing machine because they were "the work of satan". She was never ill until the week before she died, so as far as I'm concerned, she's right.

MrsChemist Thu 11-Nov-10 14:48:57

Yeah, get her on here, she'll be torn a new one kindly told the errors of her ways grin

SweetKate Thu 11-Nov-10 14:49:16

Ignore her! My DS was still on his buggy board until the end of the summer term (he was 5 in August). Short walk to school but he dawdled so much it was easier for me - and made sure we got there in time!

I got all sorts of comments about this - but he was youngest in the class and is the smallest and the walk was just too much in the mornings. Downhill in the afternoons so much better smile.

NonBlondGirl Thu 11-Nov-10 14:50:42

IME it is always people who drive who make these comments or old people who have really no contact with DC for decades.

20 month, 25 month gaps for me - found double very good for getting about locally with - but no so great for public transport.

If you are on buses/trains a lot like us - Phil and Teds, single pushchair and slings, single pushchair and buggy broad, single pushchair and buggy pod all options.

Days out for us with public transport are very long with tried DC. When eldest four year old started reception on long days out is was not unheard of for DC to want need a seat and be easier to put her in pushchair, second DC in pod and third in sling and walk our selves miles like that.

NonBlondGirl Thu 11-Nov-10 14:52:39

Oh a if you have to walk along way to GPs with sick older child a double buggy is a huge help there rather than trying to get them to walk.

WassaAxolotl Thu 11-Nov-10 14:52:59

If a child in school uniform is in a buggy,surely the most likely reason is that they are disabled?

I'd rather give the parents the benefit of the doubt, that risk making smug judgements about a disabled child.

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