We’ve all experienced that moment. Your patience has worn thin, you’ve asked your child politely to behave MULTIPLE times. You’ve gritted your teeth and given the death stare. You’ve threatened to take away toys that your kid doesn’t even own yet…but still they don’t listen.
It’s no secret that children can be trying. However, for some reason it’s frowned upon to scold your children in public (by some parents.) I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to lose your shit sometimes because even though patience is a virtue – it isn’t infinite. We all do it. Even celebrities and royalty like the moms on this list.
It doesn’t really matter where you are when your kid isn’t listening or being disrespectful, keeping it together can be tough. If you’re in your kitchen, you have a little more leeway for scolding – but if you’re in public and everyone is watching you’re more likely to lower your voice and just communicate with the look.
You know the look. The look that says, “Do you see how serious I am?” It’s a universal look that mom’s develop during the terrible twos. It screams, “You think you’re safe now but you wait until we get home.” My grandmother used to say those words when giving me the look…and now I do it too.
Catherine is the Duchess of Cambridge. A royal mother dressed in matching outfits with her kids, still can’t keep it together after her patience is tried for the last time. The angry brow, the gritted teeth, the strained neck. Her “you better act right” mother look is nearly identical to the next celeb.
Bey is known as supermom, especially since she has twins on the way. But even mogul in training, Blue Ivy, tries her mom’s patience from time to time. Beyonce scolded her daughter and then gave the mom look to the camera. If I was Blue Ivy and saw that… I’d straighten right up…just like the next celebrity kid did…
That is the first lady – looking at the son of the President like he has committed treason. Barron has a habit of yawning on camera while his father gives speeches, and even though Melania doesn’t seem to fond of the speeches either, she seems less fond of Barron’s boredom. That look is stern!
So next time you’re in public and your kid is acting like a mutant – don’t be afraid to give the look – we’ve all been there. And if you’re a mom that sees another mom giving their kid the look, instead of judging her, maybe join her or at least empathize with a misbehaving child.