I ran out to the mall last night to get a head start on picking out just the right Father's Day cards. I'm a card nut, I will spend easily an hour in Hallmark looking for three cards, so I thought it best to leave the boys at home, asleep in their beds with flyboy keeping watch. Now as a bit of a disclaimer, I haven't been in a mall after 4pm in a LONG time but I noticed something odd. Odd to me anyways. There were a ton of small kids, kids the same age as mine, out running about willy nilly fancy free while their parents just ignored them and "hung out" with their friends. Nothing against young moms, I was 24 when Dash-1 was born so I don't think I'm too much of an old fart yet but most of them were tube top wearing, big old shower curtain hanger earring type of gals.
In the span of walking halfway down the mall I had one kid run into me as she ran around in circles (her mom was about ten feet away and not paying a lick of attention), I had one kid step on my foot (dunno where his parents were) and while I was walking into Hallmark four kids came blowing past both moms just taking their time. And that's just what happened to me, I noticed a lot of other people glaring at these cherubs, so it wasn't just me.
Here's what gets me. I never saw one parent take responsibility for their kids, acknowledge that their kids were out of hand, try to pull them in, tell them to settle down. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. My kids act up in public, I'm not saying they are angels, hardly, but I am right on their asses let me tell you. When one of the boys bumps into someone I make him stop and apologize. I am well aware that for the most part small children are often off in their own world. But that's not an excuse for lazy parenting. If you don't want to make sure your child behaves in public don't let them leave the house. Don't drag your kid around like its an accessory, its a child who needs attention and a bedtime. And a little discipline.
3 days ago