Actress Olivia Wilde took to Twitter to open up about a moment she had with her 5-year-old son in public that left her feeling like she was in over her head.

As Wilde explained, she was out with both of her children, 5-year-old Otis and 2-year-old Daisy, when her son had a full-blown meltdown.

She wrote on August 1:

Couple days ago my kid was having a level 10, defcon 1, couldn’t-control-his-body meltdown at a restaurant. It happens. Poor guy was hungry as hell and overwhelmed. I was holding four bags and my [2-year-old]. It was chaos.

Wilde continued to admit that because they were in a public place, and “very much on display,” she felt like she was “crumbling inside” even though she did her best to remain calm as she tried to calm her son down.

She continued:

In the midst of the madness, 2 strangers, a young man and woman, approached and asked if they could help. […] I swallowed my pride and said yes, please, and they walked with us, placed my stuff into my trunk, and even put my daughter in her car seat, while I tried to soothe my son. I thanked them and they said, “hey no problem. We all have days like this.”

Wilde said it was exactly that show of kindness that helped her get through that difficult parenting moment.

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She added that she was so moved by the man and woman’s quickness to help, rather than judge:

I’m so moved by this simple act of kindness. Their generosity profoundly effected my (and my kids’) reality that day. I can’t wait to do this for someone else. Humans are good. We can’t forget that.

Thousands of Wilde’s Twitter followers appreciated the actress’s story.

And many mom’s agreed that it was when they endured a similar situation; it was the kindness they were shown that made everything better.

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