WHENEVER we take our kids to the supermarket, we somehow end up with five extra bags of crisps, countless packs of sweets and one normally throws some sort of tantrum before we get to the till.
So OF COURSE we'd prefer to shop solo – but not all parents have that luxury.
Australian mum-of-four Jessica Offer knows all about this and revealed the extent of trolling she's received in a personal essay for Kidspot.com.au.
She wrote: "I am just so sick and tired of the rude stares and comments from individuals who are intolerant of big families."
Referencing a recent incident at the library, the mum explained how her four girls were allowed to take out 10 books each – much to the annoyance of the person behind them in the queue at the self-scanner.
Jessica continued: "The whole process usually takes us less than five minutes if it goes smoothly and kids cooperate and stay on-task, but sometimes it takes longer."
In this case, the mum claims it took five minutes to scan each and every book – and the woman behind her began letting out long sighs, rolling her eyes and looking at her watch to get the message across.
Not stooping to her level, Jessica swallowed her frustration and flashed the woman a nice smile at the end – before talking to her daughters about the importance of kindness and patience on the way home.
And the judgement doesn't stop there – the mum says she also gets similar looks at the supermarket too.
Recently, the mum had to take all four girls with her on the shop and their food for the week took up a whole loading strip at the check-out.
After I had loaded up the items, a man came up behind me with his trolley, turned to me and my daughters and loudly scoffed 'Geez that’s going to take forever to put through, did you each buy one of every single item in the store?!'
Once they'd unpacked all the items from the trolley, Jessica says a man behind them in the queue couldn't help but make a snide remark.
She added: "About thirty seconds after I had loaded up the items, a man came up behind me with his trolley, turned to me and my daughters and loudly scoffed 'Geez that’s going to take forever to put through, did you each buy one of every single item in the store?!'"
In response, the mum told him that – surprise, surprise – four kids get through a LOT of food in a week.
"It may take us a while to go through a queue but here’s the thing: we have just as much right to be here as you do," Jessica wrote. "I’m glad you don’t have small kids, or maybe you don’t have children at all… good for you!"
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Plus this mum is trolled for being a lazy mum – her babies go to sleep when they want & she makes her six-year-old clean and cook for herself.
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