I'm at my friendly neighborhood market yesterday with my son. It's a monday and I always do a bunch of errands, which is hard with a 2 year old. Thankfully my son has learned that when he is good during the errands he gets a cookie from the market. If he's bad he gets nothing and a time out when he gets home.
Anyways, the store usually has out free cookies. However I know that they can only put out 2 boxes of these a day and when they are gone they are gone. We were running late so when we got there the box was gone and there wasn't any.
Now if I had gotten there earlier I would've asked the bakery gals to see if they just hadn't gotten the box out yet. I'm a regular during the day and know just about everyone on staff. They all adore my little boy too. Even if they have hit their quota the manage has actually gone and pulled a cookie out of tomorrow's boxes for the small fry. Said small fry does however understand that he doesn't always get a cookie if they are simply out or he's given me issues at all. Specially since I make it a point to go to the bakery area last.
Anyways, at this time you have the evening shift on. All college kids I don't know. So instead of getting a freebie I just go find the boxes they have for sale that they hope you'll buy when you try one. I grab a box and put it in my cart only to of course have my boy go "Cookie?" all confused. Since I'm buying the box anyways I pull a cookie out for him. He has been very good and I am getting the cookies anyways so no biggie.
I don't know what the heck this woman was thinking but her EW ways had no effect on this hardened mother of 1.
SW: stupid woman
SW: Oh can I have a cookie for my little one here?
SW: You gave your son a cookie. Would you mind giving my little boy here one?
Me: *pulling cart away from hers because her son started diving to steal my boy's cookie* Um. There's some right there you can buy for your child.
SW: Oh but I only wanted one so he won't scream through the store.
Now part of me understands the woman's dilemma. My son has been bad and screamed pretty much the whole time we were in the store before. He saw someone else with a cookie and started throwing a fit that I didn't have one in my hand to give him so he didn't get one that day. He was demanding his reward early pretty much. However I think the woman's logic is backwards. You don't give a child a treat to prevent him from throwing a fit, you give it to him as a reward for being good like I was doing.
Me: Uh, Ma'am. These cookies are mine. Why don't you just buy your own box? *I'm thinking she will understand this logic*
SW: Oh surely you can spare 1 cookie for a poor little boy.
Mind you by now. Said poor little boy is now throwing a fit because he can't get the cookie from mine due to me moving the cart. I am also getting irritated that this woman's whining and refusal to handle her spawn. I thought it amusing that while her boy was going nuts mine was giving him this look of "Oh boy are you doomed."
Me: I'm sorry I don't think your son needs a cookie Ma'am. I think he needs some discipline and tough love. As of right now he's learning that to get what he wants all he has to do is throw a fit, and that doesn't work to well later in life.
You won't give him a cookie?
Me: Nope. If he was my son he'd be getting a swat to the butt right about now. *The kid started kicking his mom about then which I do not tolerate from my boy.*
You are a horrible mother miss! I feel sorry for your son.
Why thank you. I'll remember to tell my son that when he's a good member of society instead of the entitled punk yours will no doubt grow into due to your lack of spine.
Me: Have a nice day.
I swear I heard someone say "We need more horrible moms" as I walked by the deli section that's right next to us.