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Mom’s Teaching Moment With Her Toddler At A Supermarket Checkout Sparks Backlash
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Mom’s Teaching Moment With Her Toddler At A Supermarket Checkout Sparks Backlash

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A seemingly ordinary trip to the supermarket with a toddler sparked a viral debate on parenting etiquette and consideration for others, as a mom faced criticism for letting her child learn and contribute at their own pace, a pace that wasn’t to everyone’s appreciation.

After posting a viral video on TikTok showcasing her one-year-old at the supermarket checkout, Amy was asked if teaching her child how to navigate life should be done at the expense of others.

Highlights
  • A mom's video of her toddler at the supermarket garnered 2.4 million views and sparked debate on parenting.
  • She faced backlash for letting her child slowly scan items, causing delays, under the belief it prevents anxiety.
  • Critics argued she should be more considerate of others' time or choose less busy times for such activities.

Amy, who did her weekly grocery shop with her partner and toddler at her local supermarket on a seemingly ordinary Sunday morning, received 2.4 million views with a lot of negative comments.

The mom had added a text in her video that read: “Pov: the line behind you is growing, and people are looking at you, but you don’t care because your child is learning, and rushing is what gives young children anxiety.”

Mom Amy sparked debates about parenting etiquette after bringing her toddler to a supermarket and teaching him to scan products

Image credits: lifeoftexas

Image credits: lifeoftexas

In her video, Amy was seen teaching her son, the names of the fruits and vegetables whilst encouraging him to pitch in and help at the cash register. Texas appeared to be cheerfully taking every single scanned item and passing it on to his mother.

The proud mom wrote in the caption: “Sunday mornings helping mum and dad. I think we make a pretty great team, #toddlerlife.”

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Despite the clip featuring a happy toddler seemingly assisting his mother with the groceries, many viewers were angry that Amy wasn’t being considerate of other people’s time by ignoring the line behind her.

Amy showcased her one-year-old, Texas Moon, at the supermarket checkout in a viral video on TikTok

Image credits: lifeoftexas

“And being courteous and considerate to other ppls time is also a great life skill,” a Tiktok user commented.

Another person added: “I’d probably lose it if im in the queue lmao.”

Someone else penned: “Sundays is not a slow day at all [at the] grocery store go when the store opens on a Tuesday if you want to do this, my kids like to do it too but if there’s a line I’m not being rude.”

@lifeoftexas Sunday mornings helping mum and dad. I think we make a pretty great team 💖 #toddlerlife ♬ Home – Matthew Hall

A separated individual chimed in: “Why not just wait until the store isn’t busy? there are times when multiple registers are open, that would be a better time to teach her.”

A viewer suggested a potentially better option: “Ummm. Perhaps a toy cash register?”

Amy received 2.4 million views with a lot of negative comments

Image credits: lifeoftexas

A commentator wrote: “I agree it’s great learning and you should not rush them. But I try to go at quiet times of the day as I know I’m not the only person who needs to shop! Also means they can walk around the shop & help,” to which Amy replied: “This was Sunday morning, he had his own trolley as the shop provides kids ones.”

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Other people expressed support for the teaching moment, as a person wrote: “I love this. Kids deserve to take up space. They have just as much right to be there as anyone else!” 

@lifeoftexas I can confirm m&s was only £10 more than our aldi shop. Officially converted! A new tradition for us letting Tex choose his food and not going food shopping alone 🫶 #marksandspencer #familysunday #weeklyshop #CapCut ♬ You and Me – Eldar Kedem

Experts often recommend assigning chores to your children because it fosters responsibility, boosts self-esteem, and helps them feel like an important part of the family, Parents reported.

The publication also noted that daily or weekly chores also teach children skills they’ll use throughout their lives, such as setting priorities. The earlier kids learn to incorporate domestic duties into their everyday routine, the more likely they are to continue helping out when they hit their teen years.

“It’s sweet and great,” a reader commented

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dirkdaring99 avatar
Dirk Daring
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The world is not your personal stage, and you are not life's main character. You live in a society, and you don't get to decide how to spend other people's time.

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GlassHalfWay
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I don't think rushing causes anxiousness or anxiety, having a camera in your face for every "teaching/learning" moment & posting it is what will eventually cause greater issues. I'd be p*ssed if I found out my mom posted everything online when I was a baby, toddler, grade schooler, etc.

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3 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rushing, especially if the parent has spastic, upset behavior coupled with it, DOES cause anxiety (my life is proof). That said, you're on point with everything else. I wouldn't be surprised if laws change in the nearish future and we have an entire generation suing their parents based on privacy rights after uploading their child's entire life onto the internet.

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Tyke
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How "nice" of her to teach her child to be oblivious to others. I taught mine to scan in the supermarket... when there was no queue. When he wanted to scan and it was busy I simply said "not today, look at all these people waiting". It's not that difficult and it doesn't cause anxiety.

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dirkdaring99 avatar
Dirk Daring
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The world is not your personal stage, and you are not life's main character. You live in a society, and you don't get to decide how to spend other people's time.

slbimrie avatar
GlassHalfWay
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I don't think rushing causes anxiousness or anxiety, having a camera in your face for every "teaching/learning" moment & posting it is what will eventually cause greater issues. I'd be p*ssed if I found out my mom posted everything online when I was a baby, toddler, grade schooler, etc.

sharonlafantastica avatar
Weasel Wise
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3 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rushing, especially if the parent has spastic, upset behavior coupled with it, DOES cause anxiety (my life is proof). That said, you're on point with everything else. I wouldn't be surprised if laws change in the nearish future and we have an entire generation suing their parents based on privacy rights after uploading their child's entire life onto the internet.

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Tyke
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How "nice" of her to teach her child to be oblivious to others. I taught mine to scan in the supermarket... when there was no queue. When he wanted to scan and it was busy I simply said "not today, look at all these people waiting". It's not that difficult and it doesn't cause anxiety.

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