Read this story about a mother trying to manage her infant twins on a train in Auckland.
The employees’ behaviour was simply unacceptable, but I’m a bit gobsmacked by all the regular commuters who clearly just won’t make the least accommodation for a woman with her infant children. I’m betting that lots of those people will come out with all the right sentiments about motherhood, but they’re damned if they’re going to be the ones who might have to make the least little extra effort.
The comments thread, so far, is very supportive. However I’m seeing it more in the light of the commenters complaining about Auckland’s trains. It would be nice if as well as doing the complaint thing, that next time they see a woman or a man who is trying to manage with young children on public transport, that they step up and help, even if only by making it clear to other commuters that they need to move and make space for parents. You would think that would be kind of obvious, when you see a woman having to sit on the floor of a train to feed her baby.