One of my favorite things to do with my children is to pack them onto an airplane and attempt to keep them captive in their seats. Talk about stressful! Kids are ... kids. They like to play, run about, make messes, be loud, act like ... children. Sweet, beautiful, full of life children. So traveling with the family by plane can be quite an event with the stress level exacerbated by fellow travelers who are less than kind. Kourtney Kardashian, however, isn't the kind of mom to sit quietly and let other passengers essentially insult her parenting and make her children feel bad.
When Kourtney, Scott, Penelope, and Mason were traveling back from Mexico, other passengers on the plane complained that her kids were being too noisy. Penelope will be 2 in July. Mason is 4. These strangers went as far as to tell the kids to cover their mouths. They said those exact words. That's bold. So Kourtney did what any Mama bear would do and fired back.
"Cover YOUR mouth" is what she was reported to have said. And she made this statement on Twitter because ... she's a Kardashian. I certainly don't know the tactics Kourtney uses to try to get her kids to be calm and settle down, but I firmly believe those are her choices to make as a parent. Not mine. Not anyone else's. Unless of course she is doing her children harm, but she's not so that's a non-issue. No person should try to parent another person's child without their permission.
People on airplanes are so wild these days... Telling other people's children to cover their mouths. Cover YOUR mouth.— Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) January 29, 2014
If another person was being loud on a plane or anywhere, would it be acceptable to tell that person to cover their mouth? Absolutely not. It's rude. Kids are people, too. They deserve the same respect. Instead of telling a child to shut up, why not instead engage that kid in conversation. You know, help the situation instead of making it more tense. By doing so, you may help the kid relax, settle down, or feel happy that someone new is talking to them. It gives them something to do when stuck on a plane for however many hours. And it gives mom and dad a minute to realize not everyone on the plane is against them because they brought two small kids on board. Because it does feel like that when traveling. It's like your face reads, "I'm sorry for being that parent who travels with kids" the minute you step on the plane.
Helping the parents to be less tense and worried about everyone else's comfort helps kids, too. They sense when their parents are stressed out. Being kind is always better than being mean. That goes for kids, parents, and fellow passengers.
What do you think of how Kourtney reacted? What would you have done?
Image via Kourtney Kardash/Instagram
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