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"My daughter just had the worst tantrum of her life. And of course it was at hom
"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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