"A mom just walked into the orthodontist office with her dog making sure her son "made the appt". Busy street. Kid a tween. So not cool!!"
I read this tweet on Twitter. It was written by a pediatrician. Yes the tweet has a twang of being judgmental, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and if we don't like that opinion, we can give it a "So what" in our head and move on. What struck me about the tweet is it made an assumption about what had transpired prior to the child's arrival at the Ortho's office. And the assumption was the mom wasn't doing her job as a parent.
I disagree, we shouldn't assume that at all. And I give as an example, my own childhood. Maybe yours is similar? I was a tween I crossed busy streets on my own daily. I lived in two boroughs of New York, Brooklyn and Manhattan and both had, I know crazy, "busy streets." Did my parents just take me to the corner of 5th Avenue and 56th with a starter pistol and yell "GO!" Hell no. They taught me how to properly cross a street and they didn't begin the process when I was a tween either, they started it before I even learned to toddle. As we crossed a street, they would narrate what they were doing for me. "I'm not stepping off the curb until the light is red, do you see the red light Devra? Point to it."