Here’s what I find disturbing: Parents who don’t see the difference between chewing off the skin of an apple so their baby can eat it (thanks for the visual, Monica) versus sticking their fingers into a tub of cole slaw on a grocery store buffet so their baby can have a quick snack. There is a difference, people. Unless of course Monica picked up that apple in the veggie section and chewed off the skin right there, leaving bits of apple all over the grocery store floor. But somehow I doubt that’s what she did.
I understand that giving in to children is an occasional necessity. Sometimes all kids want is a goddamn french fry, so you break down and buy crappy food to appease them. I “get” things like that. However, buying kids greasy fries is completely different from allowing their desires to dictate whether or not you stick your bare hand into a vat of cole slaw so your baby can have a little taste. That’s not called being an exceptional parent, or even a lazy parent — it’s called being an asshole. I don’t walk around Whole Foods shoving sushi rolls in my face (unless I’ve hit the sample counter), and Heather shouldn’t walk around using her fingers to transfer cole slaw to her baby’s mouth, whether it comes from the buffet or a Ziploc bag in her purse. It’s gross!
(submitted by Anonymous)