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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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peterh 1:37 pm 30 Jul 08

vg said :

To the OP

If kids scare you that much lock yourself in the cupboard as its a terrifying world out there.

Kids will be kids. The herding cats analogy is quite apt.

Get a life and don’t be so miserable, or open your eyes and do what a normal person would when something obstructs them, move around it.

And to the posters who think its fun to rigidly adhere to the principal of not getting out of the way of kids and knocking them over, think again, the next kid you knock over could be mine……and then I’ll knock you over

i second that comment. but then, I may already have spiked you with my pram.

vg 12:56 pm 30 Jul 08

To the OP

If kids scare you that much lock yourself in the cupboard as its a terrifying world out there.

Kids will be kids. The herding cats analogy is quite apt.

Get a life and don’t be so miserable, or open your eyes and do what a normal person would when something obstructs them, move around it.

And to the posters who think its fun to rigidly adhere to the principal of not getting out of the way of kids and knocking them over, think again, the next kid you knock over could be mine……and then I’ll knock you over

peterh 11:06 am 30 Jul 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

So we’ve got a worst case scenario here – little kid vs Goliath, airtime, glass, the works – and yet nobody was hurt. Kid squawked, parent had a sense of perspective, all good. Hardly worth harsh adjectives like ‘disturbing’ or ‘dangerous’, is it?

good job the little kid didn’t have a sling and a rock, then?

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:03 am 30 Jul 08

So we’ve got a worst case scenario here – little kid vs Goliath, airtime, glass, the works – and yet nobody was hurt. Kid squawked, parent had a sense of perspective, all good. Hardly worth harsh adjectives like ‘disturbing’ or ‘dangerous’, is it?

FB 10:05 am 30 Jul 08

So, when was the last time anybody actually saw a rogue toddler get hurt in a busy mall? I’ve been a mallrat since I could walk, and I’ve never seen it happen.

WMC, I was walking through Belconnen mall with a friend who is about 150kg of solid muscle. A child of a bout 4 or 5 running amok through through the crowed ran into him and bounced off into the glass front of a bank. I think he even got air before he hit the wall. It made an impresive noise and he screamed before he hit the floor. My friend shrugged, laughed and walked off. Funniest thing I saw!

Fortunatly the mother realised the kid was being stupid and chastised him for it and not my mate.

peterh 9:52 am 30 Jul 08

niftydog said :

bd84 said :

Keep left should apply on shopping centres too…
people who stand in the middle of the walkway and have a good chat…
give way rule should apply to the people exiting shops…

AMEN!!!

Not to mention the nob-ends who won’t even rotate their shoulders slightly as they squeeze past you in the crowd. I have to try really hard not to just shoulder-barge people to the floor some times. I’m fairly short and solid, so when I’m feeling ruthless I can make like an immovable object!

spare a thought for the parent who has decided to keep the kids in the pram or stroller. I have asked my wife if I can fit a huge sharp spike on the front of the pram, or a cow catcher, perhaps, to ensure that the idiots who step in front of me and stop won’t do it again. stepping over the pram is another good one, particularly when they are off balance. a shove of the pram and down they go.

(I don’t do this often, but occasionally, I need to.)

and the 12 member family walking at 2inches per hour? please let me knock em down like skittles.

It is often when I am trying to get a wailing child to the parent’s room that I discover the worst of the mall sub culture…. the old, slow ladies. they won’t move aside, they will, in fact slow down. and stop. and ask my child who has obviously filled their nappy, something along the lines of “is oo a grumpy pants?” or phrases equally nauseating. (not however as nauseating as the odor that starts to emanate from the pram)

little kids toddling around? bit of a nuisance you say?

how about the following:

Teenagers milling around because there is nothing to do
people engaged in a good catchup chat in the middle of the aisle in a supermarket – blocking it completely
elderly people who have a top speed of 2 inches an hour – or their opposite
elderly people in those blasted scooters – now i know why they don’t drive a car anymore
the people who, for no apparent reason, stop dead, making everyone else try to avoid them.
the “parents” who want to impart sage advice as to why my daughter is screaming – by the way, sage parent, you trod on her foot, you fool…..

oh and I also want spikes on the tyres. if you won’t move, I am going over your feet.

niftydog 8:58 am 30 Jul 08

bd84 said :

Keep left should apply on shopping centres too…
people who stand in the middle of the walkway and have a good chat…
give way rule should apply to the people exiting shops…

AMEN!!!

Not to mention the nob-ends who won’t even rotate their shoulders slightly as they squeeze past you in the crowd. I have to try really hard not to just shoulder-barge people to the floor some times. I’m fairly short and solid, so when I’m feeling ruthless I can make like an immovable object!

Thumper 8:43 am 30 Jul 08

Frankly, I’m worried about the fact that people actually go to malls at all…..

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