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10 People You Meet Running Errands With Your Toddler

toddler at steering wheelWhen out and about with a small one in tow, there are usual suspects one encounters with a to-do list in hand. Whether you’re just doing a driveby at the dry cleaners or a whole day of grocery shopping, DMV, and post office, here is who you and your toddler are likely to encounter:

1. The person offering you parenting suggestions

2. The person who wants to have an epic long conversation with your kid about school

3. The person trying to sell stuff outside the store/post office/parking lot

4. The person who insists on talking to your kid even though your kid has zero interest

5. The person who goes on and on about how gorgeous your kid is

6. The person who insists on knowing the complete origin of your kid’s fabulous name

7. The person who leans in and says, “Is this your first?”

8. The person who gives your kid free food/office supply/pen for being a cutie pie

9. The person who is weirdly photographing your kid and doesn’t ask for permission

10. The person who is a model scout and thinks your kid should model

11. The person who is using a convo with your kid as a way to hit on you

12. The person who says that your kid is just plain awesome

(photo: Rice and D)

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  • keelhaulrose

    I had to explain to my daughter why we weren’t going to buy popcorn from the Boy Scouts selling outside the store, and the father there helping tried to turn it into a discussion about morality. Um, no. That’s not going to sell me overpriced popcorn.

    • Koa_Beck

      Oh just no. No no no

    • Emmali Lucia

      But BoyScout popcorn is the BEST.

      Seriously, I love that stuff.

    • keelhaulrose

      It is flippin’ delicious. The sacrifices I make for the cause…

    • LocalMom29

      But if you don’t buy Boy Scout popcorn, the gay mafia wins!

  • Toaster

    My older kid gets free stuff all the time and it’s a little strange. The weirdest thing he got was a gigantic blueberry-shaped helium balloon from the grocery store.

  • Blueathena623

    Ok, I have to ask — what is with all the lists lately? It seems like almost every article is a list. I still love the site, but it feels like Mommy Cracked. And is Amanda ok? I feel like I haven’t seen her byline for a while.

    • Wendy

      AMEN!!!! It was cute for a while…..

    • chickadee

      When I said the same thing, Koa told me my opinion was in the minority. I guess they took a poll…? I’ve been mostly avoiding them because they tend to be gif-heavy and light on text, and text is why I come here.

    • Blueathena623

      Hmm, must have missed that poll as well. On the one hand, I’m glad there are not a whole bunch of horrible things going on, making it so the writers can do more light-hearted lists. On the other hand, I miss the columnists. Maybe there are just as many columnist postings as there used to be and I’m just not seeing them, but I do miss Amanda. She was the only one who had an angle about what its like to be a mentally ill parent, and I miss that.

    • Koa_Beck

      Noted. Thanks Blueathena!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Mine are BOTH gif heavy and long on text, hahahaha

    • JLH1986

      Seriously who downvoted this? You didn’t say EFF MOMMYISH! You said back off the dang lists.

    • Koa_Beck

      Amanda has a piece coming up next week! And I appreciate your feedback on the lists.

    • SusannahJoy

      I kinda like Mommy Cracked actually. I like that there’s less “OMG some celebrity I’ve never heard of did something!”

  • personal

    I don’t know. This somehow didn’t appeal to me. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional but this post came across a bit as everyone-is-annoying-but-me-and-my-adorable-kid.