I’ve discovered it’s very hard to get annoyed with screaming children in a store when you comment about it.
And I don’t mean “Holy shit. Control Your Kid!”
Both my sister and I usually come across about one screaming child when we do the household shop for the week and we usually end up snickering when we make comments like this:
“Same.” - usually, drawn out and almost monotoned
“Well, someone hates shopping!”
“Oh, honey. I feel the same but you gotta learn to internalise that shit.” (I laughed when my sister said this)
“I know. Life is so hard.”
“Nice lungs kid!”
“I know. The world is horrible. Life sucks and taxes exist.” - This was said to the screaming child in the next checkout lane as we were paying. It made the two cashiers and the mum laugh when you could tell one of the cashiers was starting to get annoyed.
Sometimes, a kid just needs to scream. Instead of getting annoyed, make a funny comment! Sympathise with them! It’s so much better than getting pissy over something no one can really control.