We’ve all heard the stories of little mouths repeating curse words they overheard. Parents typically try to censor television and movies, so their kids are not exposed to anything inappropriate. But the reality is that kids are watching us all day, every day. In all our actions, they are learning how the world works and how humans interact with one another.
They are learning how to do the right thing.
So put your shopping cart back where it belongs.
I’ve heard a lot of arguments. And as a parent of two children who both cannot walk through a parking lot safely, I can shoot a hole in just about any of them.
While it’s not the law, the bottom line is that it’s a societal expectation. Do you leave your trash and tray on the table at fast food restaurants? No, because that’s rude. This is your responsibility. Your mess, if you will. By leaving the cart on the curb, you are saying, “someone else will take care of this for me.” Do you know what you’re child is learning? I don’t have to put away my stuff. I can use it and then leave it for someone to put away for me.
There are plenty more examples of when we should do the right thing because it’s an expectation in our society — shopping carts just happen to grind my gears the most.
The other day I was snuggling and whispering sweet nothings into my 7-month-old’s face. I told her “I love you so much. I will love you no matter what. You can be anything you want to be. Just not a jerk.”