A Facebook rant by a dad in England that calls out people who judge parents of kids with autism has gone viral. Adam Poole recently posted a photo of his wife Margaret hugging their child mid-meltdown with a caption addressed to everybody who looks on disparagingly at parents when their children throw public tantrums. The caption read:
“Just some advice for those with no experience of autism. When you see a child having what appears to be a meltdown in public, just walk past and keep your mouth shut. Don’t shake your head, don’t stare, just get on with your day. Your shitty look on your shitty face doesn’t help anyone. Best mum I know.”
The post proved to resonate with a lot of parents and has received over 55,000 likes and nearly 63,000 shares in just a few days. Poole’s rant also garnered him thousands of responses, including many from other parents of kids with autism thanking him for speaking out.
Every parent knows that trying to reason with a kid can be like negotiating with a wall ⏤ and a wailing wall at that. Even parents of the most well-behaved children occasionally have to deal with a public meltdown. For many parents, it can be embarrassing and glares from judgy onlookers only add to the stress of the situation. Poole’s post is a good reminder for everyone to show support and compassion for parents. They are usually doing everything in their power to keep the kids as happy, healthy, and as safe as possible.