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"My daughter just had the worst tantrum of her life. And of course it was at hom
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"My daughter just had the worst tantrum of her life. And of course it was at home so I could have home court advantage. Just kidding it was at TJ Maxx.

She was irrational and every parenting trick I had fell to the wayside. My heart was beating fast and I was trying not to lose my cool.

I scooped her off to the bathroom trying to recoup and I realized I was going to have to hold on and wait for it to pass because she was so far gone.

I continued to try to control the situation but it was beyond my control. That's saying a lot because I rarely feel that way in any situation.

Person after person passed us and I could feel the judgement like the sun burning a hole in me. I just knew they had to be thinking what kind of brat have I raised because I was thinking the same thing. She was being defiant and angry and it was not pretty.

But then, this lady a little older than myself walked by and smiled and she came over and squeezed my arm and whispered 'It's okay, you're doing great.'

I quickly turned away from her before she could see the tears forming in my eyes and falling down my face.

Because without knowing it, I needed to hear that. Because I didn't feel like I was doing great. I felt like a total mommy failure with an out of control kid. So, there we were both crying.

She eventually calmed down and we continued our shopping. I was hoping I'd see that lady and say thank you, but she was gone.

I know a lot of times we don't know what to say to people when we see them going through a moment like this, but from now on take a cue from that lady at TJ Maxx.

A smile and an encouraging word goes a long way."

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Credit: The Messy Christian


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