So, I’m basically the worst kind of person. I’ve done a terrible thing. I parked in the PARENTS WITH PRAMS parking without a pram! I put my toddler in a shopping trolley instead! The worst. I didn’t even have a pram in the car that day! When I returned from grocery shopping I found this note on my car:
What’s The Issue?
We’ve parked in the “Parents with Prams” parking spaces countless times without actually using a pram. I mostly “babywear” so I rarely actually take my pram to the shops. My toddler does still occasionally go in a pram, just not while grocery shopping – obviously can’t push a trolley AND a pram at the same time! And I don’t really see the difference to anyone else if I put her in a trolley or a pram? How does it affect them so much that they felt compelled to write a nasty note calling me lazy?!
No Need To Be Rude
Whether or not this person agreed with my choice of parking space the letter they left for me was unnecessarily rude.
They don’t know me, they have no idea who I am or what motivates me. I didn’t park in the spot closest to the door because I’m too lazy to walk a few extra meters from the next available parking space. I chose it because I have two very fast small children and not having to navigate through the parking lot is my preference if there’s a closer park available. Mostly though I parked there because I believed I was allowed to. I didn’t really think much of it.
Also the parking spot I chose is directly next to the trolley bay. Which means it’s a lot easier to return the aforementioned trolley once I’ve unloaded the groceries and buckled the kids into the car.
Even More Unbelievable
The only way this person would have even known I didn’t use a pram that day was if they were watching me unload my kids from the car. If they saw me get my kids out then they would have also seen my older child – who was 5 years old at the time – run out across the parking lot while I was getting my 2 year old out of the car. Maybe me shouting at him was what drew this person’s attention to me in the first place. (Though it’s a little bit creepy to think they were watching me the whole time!)
Even if my two year old wasn’t put into a trolley, wouldn’t a reasonable person consider that maybe it’s a lot safer for me to park near to an entrance? Given I was already obviously struggling to wrangle my kids that day!
You Never Know What Someone Else Is Going Through
I was in an okay space when that happened. I laughed it off. When I got home I shared it on my own personal social media account and had friends reassure me that it was okay. That I’d done the right thing. That it’s their problem, not mine. But what if this was left on the car of someone who was really struggling at the time? What if they were just plain having a terrible day?! Parenting is hard work. It’s certainly hard enough without someone watching you get your kids out of the car! And even worse to have them judging you and calling you a lazy parent.
At least it just made me roll my eyes and have a bit of a laugh. (Even if it did make me a little angry at the time!)
Do you think that Parents with Pram parking is ONLY for when you have a pram?
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*Originally published Sept 2014