babies screaming when you’re out shopping
Oh stop it. They don’t know any better.
I have zero tolerance for the adults who don’t have any patience for babies. They’re fucking babies, and they’re screaming because that’s the only way they know how to express when they’re uncomfortable or something’s wrong.
I am people avoidant generally, definitely not child friendly and so not into crowds or crowd situations however I will not tolerate people who get angry with crying babies and toddlers especially during holidays. Parents can’t always get or afford child care and while a good number of them can be self-absorbed, super privileged jerks they have the same need to shop and right to occupy public spaces as anyone else. If they’re a good parent it’s quite likely they are acutely aware (read deeply embarrassed and possibly shamed) their child is making other people uncomfortable and at that point are probably just trying to wrap things up. If a body actually listens to a child, there’s a huge difference in how they cry; there’s the hopeless low-level drone of super-tired, the ear-piercing scream of I’ve had enough of this shitty pram and the state of no, the I’m hungry/thirsty/dirty whine and whimper that escalates over time. The thing is, as was pointed out above, this is a young child’s main form of communication so the OP should really think about how they, themselves, would react in the same situations. If anything I find myself far more frustrated with lone adults who know exactly what they’re doing and yet still choose to be assholes to everyone around them.