Single mum's post about shopping with kids goes viral

"This is motherhood". Aly Brothers post has over 40k likes.
"This is motherhood". Aly Brothers post has over 40k likes.

We all have bad days but one mum burst into tears after over hearing a judgemental comment from a stranger at the supermarket.

Aly Brothers, a single mother of two children, shared her feelings in a Facebook post last week and admits to now being "incredibly blessed" with the support, love and encouragement she has been receiving.

The young mum explains how she was going to the shop to buy milk with her two "blonde-haired, blue-eyed, angel-faced toddlers" when everything started to go wrong.

"My youngest cried almost the entire time we were in the store. He didn't want to sit in the cart, he didn't want to be buckled, he wanted to hold all the groceries on his lap.

"He got mad. He threw his shoe, he threw my wallet, he threw the three groceries that did fit on his lap.

"And he cried. And people stared. That was fine, I could handle that."

After her three-year-old had tried to be Superman and fell off the trolly, knocking over displays, bumped into strangers, opened fridge doors and received glares from another shopper for travelling the wrong way around the shop, Aly still handled it.

"And then we saw balloons. Oh how my kids love balloons".

Her children screamed, shouted, cried, pushed buttons on the card machine and grabbed sweets from the counter.

"The people in line behind me glared. The cashier glared. Everyone's eyes were on me as if to say "can't you control your own children".

"One older gentleman whispered, "she's pretty young for two kids" and I lost it.

"She handed me my receipt and I cried.

"They don't know me. They don't know me as a mother. They don't know my children.

"They don't know I was married before I started a family... It's hard people.

"The glares and whispers and judgments are hard.

"Sometimes I can control my children and sometimes I can't. Sometimes they listen and sometimes they don't.

"Sometimes I can handle it and sometimes I break down. I know these days will pass, the tears will stop, the fighting will cease, and my babies will be grown.

"And that will be hard too. So if you see a parent struggling, if you see a kid throwing a tantrum, if you see a mom on the verge of tears... please say something nice. Please don't glare with judgement.

"And to all moms out there having a day like mine...I see you, I know you, I love you. You are strong and you are doing just fine."



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