Stranger Helps Overwhelmed Mom On Flight, Reminding Everyone To Be Kinder To Parents At Airports

"This guy, Todd, showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person."

A lot of people would be unhappy to see young children sitting next to them on a flight, but this kind stranger took it as an opportunity to help an overwhelmed mom. Mom Jessica Rudeen took to Facebook to share the sweet moment a man helped make her travels with her children a lot easier

"My first flights with an infant and a toddler started out with a little panic when we boarded the plane," Rudeen wrote. "My 4-month-old was screaming his head off because, due to a series of unexpected events, I was unable to nurse him before boarding the plane. My 3-year-old, who was excited before boarding the plane, lost her nerve and began screaming and kicking 'I want to get off the plane! I don't want to go!' I honestly thought we'd get kicked off the plane."

As she desperately tried to calm them both down and help them get settled in, the man in the seat next to them stepped in to help. 

"This man reached for the baby and held him while I forced a seatbelt on Caroline, got her tablet and started her movie. Once she was settled and relatively calmed, he distracted her so that I could feed Alexander," Rudeen wrote. 

The kids were calm, but the kind stranger didn't stop there. Throughout the flight, he engaged 3-year-old Carolina in conversation and even colored and watched a movie with her. "By the end of the flight, he was Caroline's best friend," Rudeen wrote. "I'm not sure if he caught the kiss she landed on his shoulder while they were looking out the window." 

Much to Rudeen's surprise and delight, the man was making the same connecting flight, too. 

"He helped us get off the plane and led us to the next gate with Caroline in hand. If that wasn't enough, he changed his seat on the next flight to sit in our row to help us," Rudeen wrote. "This guy, Todd, showed me kindness and compassion that I've never known from another person. His wife, he said, had a similar experience when their two boys were young and a stranger showed her the same kindness. I am blown away by God's hand in this because we could have been placed next to anyone, but we were seated next to one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life." 

The heartwarming story serves a nice reminder to show a little more kindness toward parents at the airport. It's easy to be annoyed by screaming children on a flight, but being compassionate can go a long way. Kids are still learning to manage their emotions and deal with processing so much information. They don't yet know how to handle all of their feelings, so they cry and scream when they're confused, scared, or uncomfortable in a new place. By offering a helping hand like Todd, you could not only help an overwhelmed parent but also make a child feel a little comfortable.  

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