I was sympathetic to parents on planes for many years. I never blamed babies for crying, even on early flights or redeyes. They’re crying because something is wrong, and they can’t always be soothed. Noise cancelling headphones help you take matters into your own hands, while the parents do their best to take care of their child.
That is, most parents are doing their best with kids. I’ve also witnessed some appalling parenting onboard. For instance,
- I’ve seen a kid scream while the parents fought over who is responsible — the mom decided it was dad’s turn so she encouraged the child to keep crying so the father would ‘have to’ take responsibility.
Life is stressful, and so are relationships, but that wasn’t the time to passive aggressively self-manage couples therapy.
- I’ve also seen parents in first class on Cathay Pacific send their toddler running through the aisles just after lights were turned out in the cabin. My bed was made and I was trying to go to sleep. They were telling the kid to run, and even if they wanted to tire him out that sort of seems like something they should have considered doing earlier. I might even suggest (while ducking) that they could have sent the kid running through a different class of service – hah.
I’m a new dad and my wife and I recently took our daughter to New York. She did wonderfully, and I was truly proud when we got compliments on both of our flights from other passengers about how well behaved she was. It was all her of course, and an infant can be relatively easy, but what more could a traveling dad ask for?
I can’t even imagine though what was going through this parent’s mind as they let their child draw on the tray tables of a Lufthansa narrowbody, and even helped the kid to do it. This may be the worst inflight parenting I’ve seen:
Watch this visit and be amazed and truly shocked at the child, sitting on an adult’s lap, drawing with a crayon. The adult even guides the child’s hand to help! The parent should be correcting the child, in this case though they appear to be correcting penmanship.
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Not only are tray tables for changing shitty diapers on, now you can help your kids draw all over them! It's only a $100M aircraft. NBD. ✈️🖍💁🏼♀️🤯 #parentingfail – we’re not shaming a child. [📸: reddit user "th0se"] 💯 #VANDALISM • • • #passengershaming #NOPE #instagramaviation #airplaneetiquette #frequentflyer #crewlife #sassystew #aviation #cabincrew #avgeek #cabincrewlife #flightattendant #flightattendantlife #stewardess #flightattendantproblems #travel #flightattendants #instapassport #aviationgeek #FAlife #airtravel #travelgram #traveltips #pilot #pilotlife #travelling #frequentflier #reddit