Request to Hold Baby Rankles Mom

December 22, 2013

in Baby & Kid Stories

I was flying with my three month old son. He was strapped to me in a sling as I read a magazine in my middle seat. I had booked the seat beside me for him in case either one of us needed some space. About forty minutes into the flight, a child and her dad come over. The child plonks herself down in the seat next to me, arms outstretched.

Dad says: Can she hold the baby?

I want to say: Eff off.

I really say: Sorry, honey, he’s sleeping.

Dad glares at me. Calls me an arrogant bitch and says his daughter just wanted to “pet him.”

I forgot that my child was a dog.

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Belle December 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I wonder how Daddy Dearest would have reacted if a complete stranger picked up his daughter and walked away with her. He's not doing his child any favors by making her think that she's entitled to do anything she wants, including holding a stranger's child. And calling you names when you rightly refused is completely out of line.

At any rate you were absolutely correct in refusing.

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nyrB January 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Who said anything about walking away with the baby? Nice strawman there, Belle.

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reader December 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

OP, did you remind him that the center seat was booked when he put his kid in that spot?
Good for you on not giving in to his bullying.

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Sue January 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Good for you telling her no. Some parents think their kids should given everything anytime they ask. And if you had given in, the baby would have woken up and started crying, and then everyone else on the plane would be annoyed, including the dad who insisted on you waking him up!

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Gregg January 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

That's exactly what happened to the poor guy who agreed to hold someone's child in the Titanic Toddler story Sue!

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Kala February 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I always find it odd that people believe they have a right to interact win your baby.

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