The kindness of a stranger helped this mom get through not one, but two, kids melting down in public
If you have kids, at some point they have likely melted down in a store. It usually happens when you’re at your most weak and sleep-deprived, the store is at its busiest, and you’re in the furthest aisle from the door, because life. That’s exactly what happened to a mom trying to get through Target as fast as possible with her two kids in tow, and thankfully, another mom stepped in to save the day.
Rebecca Paterson posted about the experience in a mom’s group on Facebook explaining that she was shopping at Target with her sons, two-year-old Jacob and two-month-old Aiden, (bless) when they both had meltdowns — at the same time. She was starting to put her groceries back on the shelf and get the hell out when a stranger, and mom of two herself, came to the rescue.
ONLY ON @KHOU at 5:30PM: The woman whose small act of kindness at a #Pearland @Target is going viral, and the mom who calls her an angel. #khou11 #standingforHouston #Houston pic.twitter.com/TptyBMlRdI
— Rekha Muddaraj (@RekhaKHOU) March 22, 2018
Pearland mom, Tiffany Jones-Guillory, came up to Paterson and offered to walk with her and hold little Jacob so she could finish her shopping, The Houston Chronicle reported. She began showing him photos of her own kids to distract him and help calm him down.
“She walked with me while I got the essentials needed for the day and kept hold of my toddler while he calmed down,” Paterson wrote in a private Facebook group for Pearland moms. “She saved me today moms! I am so sleep deprived and was running on empty. A little kindness and understanding goes a long way.”
This is exactly what the world needs more of — the kindness of strangers pitching in to help out when needed. It doesn’t take much to ask if you can be of assistance, especially when you see someone at their wit’s end. It really does take a village, even if you don’t know everyone in it.
Guillory tells Scary Mommy she was happy to help out and as a mom herself, knew Paterson needed someone to step in at that moment. “I heard her voice in distress speaking with her kids,” she explained. “So, my inner voice said to help her. I have been there before.” She said she shopped with Paterson for about 45 minutes until she got all of her shopping done. “She was so grateful,” she shares.
Thank goodness for people like Guillory who are in the right place at the right time and know exactly what to do to turn a situation around.