In her hilarious video with an unexpected twist, mom of 6 and comedian Jen Fulwiler (@jenniferfulwiler) starts by saying, “If you are flying with young children this summer and they become noisy, please take a minute to say to the other passengers around you, ‘I am so sorry…'”
She pauses, then continues with the twist, “‘…That this is not something you are used to.'”
After dropping that Uno Reverse card, Jen goes into the true message of her video.
“You know, in a lot of cultures, the sound of fussing babies is seen as a sign of abundance and God’s blessing,” she says.
“Instead, our dumb Post-Modern culture sees babies as a burden. We expect women not to bring their babies into public spaces like restaurants, churches, or planes, or to get them to behave perfectly when they do,” she continues.
“This philosophy is not only sad and the sign of a dying culture, but it places insanely unreasonable expectations on moms. A truly thriving culture would welcome those babies and all the inconveniences that come with them, and see their upbringing as something the entire community should joyfully support,” she goes on to say.
“So if my babies start melting down on this flight, please know that I am way more stressed than you are, and maybe just give me a kind smile that says, ‘Hey girl, you’re doing a great job, your babies are welcome on this flight, and we are all in this together,'” she concludes with a smile.
‘I think some people have forgotten they were babies once too’
The now-viral video, viewed over 80K times, has accrued thousands of comments — most of which completely agree with Jen’s take.
“I legit do not apologize for my children being children. They are young and learning how to be a person. Give children some grace,” one user commented.
“It’s weird how people can’t conceptualize they too were once crying babies and that babies are human beings,” another user wrote.
“I don’t understand why people think they’re so privileged that they don’t need to hear babies cry when they share the world with them,” said another user.
“I cried on a flight with my 2 year old when the lady next to me pulled out her iPad and let him watch downloaded kids shows when he was upset,” one user shared.
“I’m childfree but also know babies and kids will be wherever I go! I try to be empathetic. While your bundle of joy isn’t mind, I know kids and babies are mostly acting appropriately for their age! It’s scary for them,” one user commented.
“Aaaaamen! If a grownup is upset at a crying child, they are 100 times worse than the crying child,” said another user.
Some people expressed relief that Jen’s video took the turn it did.
“I was literally about to type ‘I’m not apologizing for anything!’ Glad to see this video went in the right direction, haha,” laughed one parent.
“For a second I thought I was on the wrong side of TikTok,” wrote another.
While a plane ride with a crying baby isn’t the most pleasant experience, I think we can agree that no one is more stressed in that scenario than Mom and her fussy little one.
So the next time we’re riding next to a crying baby, perhaps Jen’s video will remind us to have a little grace — after all, we were all fussy babies once too!
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