For parents, a shopping trip can go from “5 minutes, return this size and grab another” can turn into a “nightmare 30 minute tantrum” in an instant, especially when young children are involved. Often nicknamed “terrible two’s” or dealing with a “threenager,” these outbursts are quite common during shopping trips as the stress of having to sit still combined with the excitement of seeing so many toys and products is often too much for a kid to handle calmly. And that is why one parent wrote about the heroic efforts of “Sticker Ben”
My three-year-old and I have been shopping together at the same “red store” since he was a week old, so it’s safe to say that we are “regulars.” Over time, we’ve seen familiar faces come and go, but we’ve never before had a favorite quite like “Sticker Ben.” Since the first day we met him, when he gave my cranky son his first sticker at customer service, “Sticker Ben” gained both his nickname and hero status.
We live in a world full of so much negativity, judgment, and uncertainty, and we need more people like this man. The ripple from this small act of kindness has become a tidal wave for us because my son now has a positive connection with someone who is genuinely kind and compassionate, and it makes my heart swell with gratitude. Every time we see “Sticker Ben,” now, is the best day ever for my son. I guess you could say “Sticker Ben” has become my hero, too.”
When you see a child having a meltdown in a store, remember to be kind. Its frustrating and loud for other shoppers, but it is easily a thousand times worse for the parent who is desperately trying to make their child understand that ‘no, you can’t topple the tower of stacked peas!’ To a kid, “no” seems like the end of the world, and if you can do anything to help out – even if it is just a sticker – do it. Be like Sticker Ben!
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