If Expectant Mother Parking Spots Fill You With Rage, You Need To Get A Grip

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expectant-mother-parking-spaceExpectant mother parking spots. It seems strange, but those four little words can stir up incredibly strong feelings in people. Long diatribes have been written both railing against the fact that they even exist and castigating “offenders” who park in those spots despite not being pregnant or having children with them.

At first, I had no particular position on the subject. However, the more I think about it, the stronger I feel. The fact is, expectant mother parking spots are a courtesy. What the heck is so wrong with being courteous? Because despite all the arguments I have heard against them so far, it still boils down to one thing: you can’t or won’t be bothered to show a little kindness to a stranger.

This seems especially odd, since our daily lives are full of little considerations we show to one another. Door is closing on the elevator? Press the “door open” button so that person you can see running towards you doesn’t have them slide shut in their face. See someone drop a toque or mitten? Pick it up and give it back to them. Have a cart crammed with a month’s worth full of groceries? Don’t push your way through the express lane. All of these things are pretty commonplace. Sure, you don’t have to do any of them, but I also do not see anyone clamoring to make it known that they will make a point not to do these things.

Is there something about pregnancy, and the parking spots put aside for pregnant women, that makes this one courtesy so different? I have heard the arguments, and I just don’t see it.

Being pregnant is not a disability. No, no it is not, and any pregnant woman who insists it is probably falls under the entitled category (see below). However, parking spots for disabled persons and expectant mother parking are not mutually exclusive. Accessible parking for people with disabilities is required by law, and nothing about expectant mother parking spots changes that.

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