Two parents have been getting worldwide attention following a flight they took with their twin 18-month-old girls, in which they handed out goodie bags to passengers seated within earshot of the toddlers.
Christina Galese, who was one of the passengers on the airplane bound for Orlando, Florida, posted a photo of the clear bag filled to the brim with Hershey's chocolate – along with a typed note "written by" twins Ashley and Abby – on the Facebook page Love What Matters. Part of the note read:
We'll try to keep our cool, but in case we decide to get crazy, we've provided a sweet treat and some ear plugs for your enjoyment. Thank you for your understanding and enjoy your flight!
In the post, Galese said the gesture was a "thoughtful, simple act of kindness that I am so happy to have experienced," but perhaps part of the reason the post has gone viral – it's been shared almost 2,000 times – is that so many others have vastly different opinions on what has quickly become a popular trend in baby air travel etiquette.
"I wish society would get over this whole children should be seen and not heard mentality," Brandy Teasley commented. "Children will be children. They will whine, cry, and fuss. Raising kids these days is tough, just because of the judgments from others anytime your kid is, well, a kid. We were all fussy kids at one point or another in our life – best we remember where we came from and lend a hand to help a parent or cheer up a child instead of scoffing."
Still others felt the bags were unnecessary, but because kids shouldn't be misbehaving enough to even warrant them:
"I personally do not have children but do know that when I was a child I was taught by my parents how to act in public," Melissa Hurn Adamson wrote. "I was not allowed to run all over the place, yell and scream, and act like I had no respect for anyone else. I find it very irritating today that parents have no control over their children. If they were taught to behave in the first place, there would be no need for these little care packages."
Although these parents aren't the norm when it comes to gift-giving while traveling with young children, they are certainly getting mixed responses for their sentiment. Is it a good idea for parents to preemptively apologize for their baby's uncontrollable cries with sweets, or should we all expect a bit less? Tell us.