If you were in the Newburgh Walmart on Tuesday night, yes it was my child you heard wailing throughout the entire megastore. She went so far as to throw herself on the ground kicking and screaming at the top of her lungs.

I apologize to everyone within earshot and thank the dozen or so people who offered encouragement and little smiles that meant, "You poor woman. I am SO glad that's not me right now. " One peds nurse even stopped to tell me that I was doing the right thing but letting her cry it out and not catering to her fit. Another young girl said, "I so did that when I was little and I turned out okay!"

Hooray! I'm a good Walmart parent!

What was my child crying about? Well, she has figured out how to get out of the child strap in the seat so I can't physically keep her in the cart and though she sticks with me for about three minutes, after the initial joy of helping me push the cart around has diminished, she wants to run around freely. My child has NO stranger danger or fear of losing me. All the better to explore if pesky parents leave you completely unattended in this mecca of new experiences!

So, I spent 3/4 of my time chasing her - and I'll admit it: at 19-months-old she's faster and stronger than me. Or perhaps her will is strong than mine. I must have been pretty hilarious to watch on the security cameras.

Exhausted, when I got home, I posted about our "Wailmart" experience on Facebook and received a few comments from friends and family. One of my co-workers posted this little gem http://www.reasonsmysoniscrying.com. I love reading these things. It makes me feel like my kid isn't destined to grow up to be a star on some MTV reality show.

So, if you are a parent or are around a child for more than five minutes a week, let's see the reasons why YOUR kid is crying and maybe we can all feel a little bit better about our own parenting! On Instagram, Twitter or Facebook use the hashtag #cryingkidevv and let the fun begin. I'll post my favs next week!

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