Woman helps mom of 3 on plane with crying baby, posts on Facebook criticizing other passengers
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D.G. Sciortino

Parents get a lot of flack sometimes. Mostly from people who have never had children and/or lack empathy. So, that’s why it’s important for other parents to stand up for other parents in the face of scrutiny.

And that’s exactly what one woman did after she saw flight passengers gang up on a fellow mother.

According to the woman’s story, which was posted on Love What Matters, the woman was on a flight waiting for it to take off when she heard the sound of a child crying.

The baby’s crying was followed by moans and groans from angry passengers who couldn’t just ignore the sound or realize that the child’s mother was doing her best to calm her kids. This poor woman was flying along with three children.

Flickr/MR McGill
Flickr/MR McGill

To make matters worse, a passenger who sat in front of the mother complained that the toddler was kicking her seat and turned around and grabbed the child’s leg.

“Aka ‘oh hell no’,” the woman’s post on Love What Matters said.

The flight attendant did nothing to help and other passengers rudely commented how the mother was failing to discipline their children. The woman fired back at these men explaining that “she’s probably afraid to do anything… you can’t do anything anymore.”

That shut them up right quick.

While everyone else was being a jerk about it, this woman stood up, walked over, and asked the mother if she needed help. The mother handed the woman her baby, so she could calm the toddler. That’s when the crying stopped.

Flickr/Bridget Coi
Flickr/Bridget Coi

“My point???? Be nice and considerate,” the woman wrote. “If someone needs help for God’s sake HELP THEM.”

We totally agreed! You probably will too once you read the full post below.

Here is the post in its entirety:

“Here I am on vacation away from my kids (who I absolutely love to death but sometimes you need a break from toddlers) and I’m flying with an infant on my lap. Why? Because I’m a decent human being. Listen… takes a village to raise kids ok? And as a mom of a 3 year old and 4 year old I KNOW this. And I also know that toddlers can be jerks……so first let me just tell you what happened. I boarded my flight today at 5:45am in Seattle.

Alaskan airlines flight 674 and I sat down in the middle seat. I sit down and there are some weight issues with the plane that need to be checked out. So everyone is sitting in this full packed plane. And a baby starts crying (oh God forbid right?) Obviously I’m totally used to crying and whining so I tune it out. Everyone around me starts huffing and puffing and mumbling. Then……I hear 2 kids crying, this lady has her toddler having a full blown melt down over her seatbelt being on (toddlers are dramatic that’s nothing new) No problem…..I have mom powers and totally ignore it……BUT what I CAN’T ignore is this.

I hear a woman complaining to this mother (that’s alone with 2 crying kids) that her child needs to stop kicking her seat. THEN I hear the mother say ‘she’s 3 I can’t believe you just did that’ apparently the lady reached behind her and grabbed the child’s leg (aka “oh hell no”)

While this is happening the freaking flight attendant is just standing there…listening. Not even doing anything. And the older men beside me make remarks like ‘obviously her way of discipline isn’t working’ so I reply with ‘she’s probably afraid to do anything…you can’t do anything anymore’ and they stopped talking. Ok back to the lady in the back.

You guys….this is a full plane….and I sat here for 15 mins waiting on someone closer to this woman to offer her help…because I’m surrounded by caring adults, right? (Wrong) I turn around to see people mumbling and staring at this mother with her THREE kids ALONE….A screaming toddler / crying baby/ and a very well behaved older child. (one grown woman was holding her hands on her ears. SO….being a decent human being I couldn’t take letting this mother drown back there….(and let me tell you she was being so freaking calm you guys….like i would have already been crying but she was doing so good)

Flickr/Anna in NY
Flickr/Anna in NY

I get up out of my seat, go a few rows back and go ask her if she needs help; she immediately handed me her baby. (This lady was like HOLY HELL YESSSSSSSS!) So ya know I take her baby and then I have to go sit down for take off…….the crying stopped (it’s a miracle) so I’m sitting here holding this precious baby that so happens to fall asleep (swooooon)

My point???? Be nice and considerate. If someone needs help for God’s sake HELP THEM. Complaining and mumbling doesn’t do a thing except make the person that needs help feel worse (words hurt)……..How we can ignore a human in distress? Please be kind. Please be considerate. Help one another…it makes everything easier. I promise you won’t die.”

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By D.G. Sciortino
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