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to inwardly rejoice when I see someone else's child behaving abysmally

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apostrophe Sun 24-Aug-08 17:57:00

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ScummyMummy Sun 24-Aug-08 17:59:08

Yes, I know that feeling.

claricebeansmum Sun 24-Aug-08 18:03:30


BouncingTurtle Sun 24-Aug-08 18:05:52

IKWYM - when ds was weeks old there were times when I took ds to baby groups and he would be the baby that cried all the time - whenever I saw a another baby doing the same I almost smiled inwardly because it meant that it wasn't something I was doing wrong, it was perfectly normal newborn behaviour!

HonoriaGlossop Sun 24-Aug-08 18:08:09

oh god I am ashamed to say that I silently rejoiced when a family member's children disgraced her once at a family gathering.

However in my defence this is ONLY because I had put up with some YEARS of her in-your-face opinions on child rearing, usually relating to how I was doing it all wrong...

UniversallyChallenged Sun 24-Aug-08 18:10:36


you are being perfectly understandable but a bit unreasonable grin

deanychip Sun 24-Aug-08 18:12:19

YESYESYES!!! I do it all the time hehehehe!

spicemonster Sun 24-Aug-08 18:15:40

I thank my lucky stars every time it is someone else's child screaming blue murder and not mine. I always give the parent a sympathetic smile and I hope it doesn't come across as schadenfreude.

blueshoes Sun 24-Aug-08 18:56:36

That would be ds on the riverboat today blush He was tired.

AbbeyA Sun 24-Aug-08 19:05:28

I always feel like saying 'don't worry, been there, done it and got the Tshirt!'. There is light at the end of the tunnel-you just get different problems.

muggglewump Sun 24-Aug-08 19:12:22

I think this too but I am always sympathetic with the parent and give them a kind word, well except if they are one of those parrot parents that do fuck all about the bad behaviour, then I just act smug that DD wouldn't ever behave like that.

GirlySquare Sun 24-Aug-08 19:12:53

I always feel like saying that AbbeyA - I don't though because at that point I'm at the end of my tether and wouldn't want to hear it grin

PheasantPlucker Mon 25-Aug-08 08:22:04

'I think I am in touch with that emotion' !

pamelat Mon 25-Aug-08 08:26:17

I relax once I get somewhere with my DD and someone elses baby or child is crying. She can't disgrace me then

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