The decision to take little babies flying on a plane for the first time is a tough one for a lot of parents. After all, you never know how the little one will react to the new environment. And strangers aren't always the friendliest to crying babies in a cramped space.
Well, mom Cassie Murdoch is making that decision--and she's not apologizing for it either.
The mom of twin toddlers has been noticing a trend on social media for parents taking their tiny children on a plane. Not only do these parents act apologetic, they're also handing out goodie bags to fellow passengers, which often include candy, ear plugs, and an apologetic note about any unexpected commotion from the kid.
So, what's the problem?
"On the surface it's a nice gesture, but as the mother of twin toddlers, every time I see one of these baggies go viral I am filled with rage," Murdoch wrote in a viral Mashable post. "That's not to say the individual parents who give these out are doing anything wrong. They're just trying to be nice—a good instinct in these tense times."
Instead, Murdoch said the problem lies in the growing expectation for plane passengers in the future to start seeing more apologies for restless kids--and maybe some Hershey's kisses for good measure.
"The thing about these goodie bags that has rubbed many parents the wrong way from the start is that they send the message we should feel bad for having babies who act like babies. We shouldn’t," she explained.
Mudoch also added that many parents are already going above and beyond to make sure their kids don't cause a ruckus, often pulling out all the tricks in the book in their small carry-on luggage bags.
"The next time I wrestle my wriggling toddlers and all their crap onboard, I shouldn't have to also stress that I failed to bring a dozen charming packages full of snacks for everyone around me," she said.
What's your take? Are the goodie bags a harmless gesture of goodwill or a problematic message to those traveling without small kids?