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Dont Be That Parent

Updated on April 18, 2018

Even before I had a child of my own, I had a major pet peeve. I have always hated kids just running around in a public place, that's not outside or a party venue. Like when you're trying to shop peacefully and you almost run into or step on some kid.

I cannot relay the countless times this has happened to me. I have poor vision and bad balance, so one of two things is going to happen: I'm going to step on your kid because I saw them too late or I'm gonna lose my balance and fall on your kid. Either way, I guarantee you won't be happy.

Sometimes I want to be mad at the kids who run around like maniacs, but the truth is, it's the parent/guardian's fault. More people need to learn to discipline their child, especially in public. When I was younger, my mom had no problem with telling my brothers and me to knock off our fooling around in the store. My daughter is 2 1/2 and I scold her if she's reaching for things on the shelf in the store. My husband and I also put our child in time-out while we're in public if she does something wrong; we don't wait until we're home. We constantly tell her she needs to hold one of our hands and yell at her if she tries to run off.

I'm not shaming any parent who doesn't discipline like we do, but I am shaming if you don't teach your children respect. I'm also shaming if while out if public you don't keep an eye on your kid. I remember this one time I was at the local mall, and in front of me were two men. We're all walking when a woman comes out of a store in front of them. One of the guys almost tripped because toddling at least five feet behind her was her toddler (no more than two years old). The woman then had the nerve to tell the man who almost tripped to watch where he was going.

That is YOUR child! Your two year old should NOT be walking behind you. They should be holding your hand, carried, or in a stroller/shopping cart. And other people should NOT have to watch your kid because you won't.

Children need to have respect, now and later on in life. Teaching them to respect their things and space at home, as well as your things and space, will also teach them to be respectful of other people's things when they go out. Allowing your kids to run around or yell and scream only falls back on you as the parent. So please, don't be that parent.

© 2018 Candice Chupashko

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