Mom Writes Note To a Stranger About Kindness In an Unlikely Place

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Traveling with young children presents plenty of challenges. Do you have enough snacks? Are your kids eating the snacks, and not just cramming them up their noses or spilling them directly onto the upholstery? Can you reach the toys they keep dropping on the floor every three seconds, even though you beg them to please, please stop dropping their toys?

You’d think stopping for a bite to eat would be a welcome break from the travel blues, but stopping the car means stopping at the potty, and that presents a set of challenges all its own.

Taking kids into a public restroom can be a pretty unpleasant experience, but one Kansas mom, Tiffany Miller, found out that it doesn’t always have to be.

She was far from home, trying to coax an unwilling three-year-old to use the potty. You know the age-old dilemma: Do you try to force your freaked-out kid to go, or do you skip the tantrum and risk her leaking something far worse than Hawaiian Punch on the carseat later?

Miller got an unexpected answer, which she wrote about on Facebook.

It sure sounds like it! Miller’s post has been shared on Facebook 7,800 times, and its clearly made an impression on citizens of the Internet, too!

Allowing strangers to help is something some parents don’t feel comfortable doing these days, which can discourage would-be Samaritans from reaching out.

In her post, Miller said she hoped the story would inspire others to be kind, just like the stranger was. And it looks like it certainly has. So, would you offer to help a stranger in a public restroom? Would you accept help if someone offered it to you?