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Why it’s best to stay indoors – parenting in public places

By weeziepops - 15 April 2009 108

As I waited to be served at Subway in the Hyperdome, I watched with fascination as a child clambered atop the counter, leaned over the cash register and started pressing random buttons. 

My main interest was the mother’s reaction to this.  Nothing for a few minutes.  Then, when she finally noticed my focussed attention, she whined, “Britney, get down.” 

I think that was her name – it may have been Breanna, Chapelle, Bylynda or similar.  Also note that the woman gave the word “down” about forty-three syllables, as in “dow-o-ow-o-ow-owwwn.”  I am perhaps being a bit mean, however – she did have half a dozen other small charges, all of whom appeared equally well behaved. 

Needless to say, the child did not get down until one of the staff members piped up in his breaking, fifteen year old voice voice, “Get down, please.”  She then turned her attention to taking and unwrapping about a dozen straws, at which point I over-stepped the bounds and asked her what she thought she was doing. 

She dropped the straws and returned to her mother, who in turn glared at me as if I had breached a fundamental code – thou shalt not question, berate or judge another person’s child. 

What do others think? 

Does a stranger have the right to object to the behaviour of another person’s offspring in a public place?

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monomania 10:09 am 17 Apr 09

ant said :

If kids are barrelling around, crashing in to people, I make sure that when/if they barrell into me, my knee is coming up at around the same time.

I evaded detection by umpires in hockey for years, I figure the handlers of such children have no hope. wouldn’t it be nice if they raised their kids?

Like you were raised you? Successfully to be either a braggard or if what you say about your hockey is true a sneaky bully. Bet your opponents though you were a real pissant.

Special G 8:27 am 17 Apr 09

ant said :

If kids are barrelling around, crashing in to people, I make sure that when/if they barrell into me, my knee is coming up at around the same time. As they’re flying into the dog biscuit display, I hope they’re reflecting on smashing into people being a REALLY bad idea, before they do it to an old lady with crap bones.

I evaded detection by umpires in hockey for years, I figure the handlers of such children have no hope. wouldn’t it be nice if they raised their kids?

It’s little gems like this one that give us insight into your wonderful caring personality.

Don’t be surprised when father of said kid you just sunk your knee into comes over and puts you in a coma. I wouldn’t be.

It’s like this ant – little kids do not have forsight of consequences. They have not lived long enough yet do develop those thought patterns. Same reason children will chase a ball onto a busy roadway as the only thing they are focused on is the ball.

You as the adult should be able to either step out of the way or cushion kid as they run into you. What you are suggesting is simply assaulting a child. You are the lowest kind of pond scum.

Granny 7:53 am 17 Apr 09

Nyssa76, if you can control a full shopping trolley with one hand and a stroller with the other more power to you. I have trouble controlling those trolleys with two hands.

The solution, as outlined before, is to stick the kid in the trolley, which, like most parents I do. I’m not whinging about sticking my kids in the trolley and I really don’t know what your problem is. Why don’t you build a bridge and get over it? Why should you care whether I use a trolley or a stroller to go shopping with? Sheesh! Get a life!

I love you too, BerraBoy68!

: )

ant 12:50 am 17 Apr 09

If kids are barrelling around, crashing in to people, I make sure that when/if they barrell into me, my knee is coming up at around the same time. As they’re flying into the dog biscuit display, I hope they’re reflecting on smashing into people being a REALLY bad idea, before they do it to an old lady with crap bones.

I evaded detection by umpires in hockey for years, I figure the handlers of such children have no hope. wouldn’t it be nice if they raised their kids?

BerraBoy68 10:29 pm 16 Apr 09

nyssa76 said :

Granny, when your husband’s at sea and you have noother choice but to do it yourself. It really isn’t that hard.

Nyssa, sounds like you husbands is a sailor. Is he merchant, Pusser or simply just likes getting out fishing in a boat a lot? As an ex-sailor I agree with you. More power to mums who’s husbands work away a lot. I know I respect my wife all the more for her efforts.

BerraBoy68 10:27 pm 16 Apr 09

Granny said :

Kids have a right to be in the world. It is necessary for children to be exposed to experiences such as shopping if they are to learn and develop important life skills. There are rude, ignorant children and rude, ignorant adults. Most children I know are wonderful people.

I love you granny.

farnarkler 10:18 pm 16 Apr 09

Kids these days eh. I was nailed to the school walls, had to hop from lesson to lesson and when I ran away I got five miles before I was caught by the school leopard.

If parents won’t admonish their children in public then they deserve to have those children shouted at by others.

nyssa76 9:44 pm 16 Apr 09

Granny, when your husband’s at sea and you have noother choice but to do it yourself. It really isn’t that hard.

Most children I know are good and I hope they will turn out to be good adults.

As for whinging, the solution is much more simple, build a bridge and get over it or don’t subhject yourself to such a situation. It’s simple logic.

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