To the mum who kept her cool during her child's public meltdown, well done and you deserve a hug – Hayley Matthews

There's nothing harder to deal with than when your kids having a full-scale meltdown, in public, with people watching.

Friday, 13th August 2021, 4:45 pm
An angry child can be tricky to deal with (Picture: Albert McCabe/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

To keep your calm whilst your kid shouts and screams "I hate you!" is a skill only a parent can appreciate.

I've had it happen to me many a time. I've had a scooter thrown at me, a golf club swung at me and every other item in between either chucked or launched.

The reason I say this is because sometimes I feel like it's just me, or I did until I saw a mother trying to calm down her distressed son during the week.

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She sat with him firmly telling him off whilst trying to calm him but he was so upset and angry.

I saw my son and me in them. Many a time my son has tried to cope with big feelings in public too and I've not known if I've handled it well.

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This mother, who sat next to me at Weehailes park, was keeping her cool – big time – and I desperately wanted to speak to her to tell her I thought she was amazing. However, I feared she'd think I was being a busybody.

I could feel her struggle, wanting to calm and nurture her son, yet she was so frustrated and upset with him too.

I wanted to give them both a big hug, probably because I wish sometimes someone would do that to me when we’re in the same situation.

I suppose that's just all anyone needs in those situations, reassurance, understanding, kindness and love.

If you were that mum during the week at Weehailes, I feel your frustrations and, for what it's worth, I think you're doing pretty great.

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