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Controlling the toddlers?

By belray - 29 July 2008 68

Every so often, me and my wife head into the Canberra Centre to have a wander around, maybe have a coffee and basically kill time.  Unfortunately, of late I have noticed a disturbing practice.  I have seen un-controlled toddlers running under the feet of shoppers, which caused significant congestion as they try to avoid walking on them.  As if this isn’t bad and dangerous enough, the parent/s are standing there watching them with a stupid grin on their face saying things like “how cute” or “watch out baby”, without even attempting to retrieve the active youngster.   I wonder how cute it would be if a shopping trolley ran one of them over? Whose fault would it be, especially since at times they can’t be seen until it is too late, thus un-avoidable.

I have four kids, who now range from 10-17 yo, thus I know what it is like to have a toddler.  I also know that toddlers can and should be controlled in public places. I believe that it is the parents responsibility to control their toddlers in a public place where there is the potential for harm.

To that end, if you are one of the parents who refuse to control your toddler, please re-consider the practice as it is dangerous and I for one, do not wish to knock over a little one.

Thanks for reading…..

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Controlling the toddlers?
Mr Evil 11:30 am 29 Jul 08

I’ve often found an ‘accidential’ kick in the heel/ankle area is perfect for the a-holes who insist on stopping dead in your way when they step off escalators.

As for toddlers, the adult knee is at the perfect height for connecting with their head.

belray 11:20 am 29 Jul 08

Jazz said :

why do i get the impression that the commenters above seem to be treating toddlers on the loose differently from anyone else in the mall? Is it becuase a toddler can’t turn around and smack you one for running into them?

I am not sure I understand your question, but I am not treating toddlers on the loose in any particular way. They are not responsible for their actions – their parents that fail to take remedial action however……

I have no dramas with a parent whose toddler has “escaped” and is trying to catch them. Any parent will attest to the fact that it happens. Those who let them stretch their legs in a crowded thoroughfare because it is cute watching them stagger around or just stand and watch as people avoid them, well that is different.

BTW Jazz, I dare anyone to turn around and smack me for running into them.

Jazz 11:04 am 29 Jul 08

why do i get the impression that the commenters above seem to be treating toddlers on the loose differently from anyone else in the mall? Is it becuase a toddler can’t turn around and smack you one for running into them?

belray 11:01 am 29 Jul 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

There were juvenile delinquents long before there were ‘child behaviour experts’. Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem.

Your latin doesn’t make sense…… Try again.

peterh 10:52 am 29 Jul 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

There were juvenile delinquents long before there were ‘child behaviour experts’. Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem.

WMC, for the latin illiterate, what does that mean?

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:45 am 29 Jul 08

There were juvenile delinquents long before there were ‘child behaviour experts’. Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem.

iCanberran 10:36 am 29 Jul 08

You can’t go to Civic anymore without toddlers tripping you over while juggling shopping and coffee. I blame lazy parents to some extent, but the real blame should go to thechild behaviour experts who preach the a gentle hand is best, you should negotiate not command.

With an attitude like that, no wonder a group of young kids were riding a skateboard down the CC escalators at speed and with great hazard to everyone else around.

G-Fresh 10:31 am 29 Jul 08

Knocking the little ones over will only serve to teach them a lesson. Their ill-equipped parents might take exception to it, which may indeed be just cause to knock them over too!

rosebud 10:23 am 29 Jul 08

Yay, an Australian candidate for the Grumpy Old Man TV show!

Thumper 10:22 am 29 Jul 08

I hear that there are a few hungry dingos wandering about?

peterh 10:21 am 29 Jul 08

Skidbladnir said :

TAMS should issue free leashes to those parents who need them, and give away fridge magnets to build community awareness of toddlers.

what, like “these small people may be at knee height, look out!”

Skidbladnir 10:19 am 29 Jul 08

TAMS should issue free leashes to those parents who need them, and give away fridge magnets to build community awareness of toddlers.

peterh 10:01 am 29 Jul 08

no, thank-you…..

(To that end, if you are one of the parents who refuse to control your toddler, please re-consider the practice as it is dangerous and I for one, do not wish to knock over a little one.)

control my toddlers? refuse to control my toddlers?
I might as well be herding cats.

Mine have an unnerving instinct to know when to run in opposite directions. as i have 3 kids, 2 of which are now 14 months old, and for twin boys the little buggers seem to work pretty closely at making dad’s day an absolute nightmare.

I do not refuse to control my toddlers. I attempt to control their behavior in malls, shopping centres, supermarkets, pharmacies, butchers, bakeries etc, etc. Often with little or no success.

the other alternative, and I am sure you would think that I was a “bad” parent if I did this, is to confine them in their pram or stroller for the entire trip. They aren’t that comfortable, and the boys would start screaming at the top of their lungs.

no win situation, really, but if my lads want to stretch their legs, you will see me. I am the father holding 2 boys by the hand, looking pretty stressed as we weave around stationary shoppers in the middle of the walkway, avoiding crazy trolley wielding maniacs who didn’t get their fix of road rage this morning, until my wife realises that we are too far behind and need to catch up.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:44 am 29 Jul 08

Unfortunately…disturbing…un-controlled…significant congestion…bad and dangerous

Sense of perspective, meet belray.

Aurelius 9:44 am 29 Jul 08

Any harm that comes to toddlers in a public place isn’t anyone’s “fault”
It’s simply “visual entertainment”

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