Regardless of how patient or level-headed you claim to be, nothing is more testing than a screaming child on a flight.
One incredibly kind mum pre-empted the likelihood of a tantrum, and handed out gifts from her young family to seatmates in a bid to smooth things over.
Rueben Skipper was handed a sweet note attached to a small goodie bag containing chocolates and lollies. He then took to Twitter to share the sweet gesture.
“On a plane I received this little gift from a family seated behind me. What a considerate and thoughtful thing to do,” he wrote.
“Hello, My name is Yi Ning, a 9 months old boy,” the note reads.
“Today, I am going to Auckland with my parents. I’m a little bit nervous and scary [sic] because it’s my first flight in my life, which means I may cry or make too much noise.
“I will try to keep quiet, though I can’t make any promises.
“Me and my mum prepared a little gift bag for you! It has some chocolate and candy. Enjoy your trip.
Since being posted on June 27, the Tweet has racked up close to 1000 likes and almost 100 retweets. Commenters were quick to praise the mum for her kindness.
“Human beings can be so great,” wrote Ryan Baker.
“Next level parenting,” commented Alan Bauchop.
One commenter suggested it was sweet, though shouldn’t be necessary.
“This is a beautiful gesture, but a parent shouldn’t feel obliged to give presents to other passengers to pacify them, just because they are travelling with their young baby,” they wrote. “Babies cry, we all know this.”
This isn’t the first time a mum has made such a sweet in-flight gesture.
Earlier this year, one thoughtful mum on a 10-hour journey from South Korea to San Francisco pre-empted the chance of a tantrum from her four-month-old, and offered her 200 seatmates a very sweet care package, containing lollies and ear plugs.