What's your most outrageous example of a child misbehaving in public and the parent doing nothing?
I owned a resale shop years ago but carried a bit of unusual, unique new merchandise. A lady came in with a 5-year-old who immediately gravitated to some very expensive feather fans ($25 wholesale/$55 retail). He proceeded to pull feathers from the fans and I gently stopped him by saying "I've got some toys you might like. Come with me and I'll show them to you.". His mother turned on me like I'd insulted or been rude to both she and the child and announced "I don't have to shop here, ya know?" To which I promptly replied, "No, you've got that wrong -- you CAN'T shop here ever again!" and ushered both she and her kid out on threat of calling the police. I'd never run into a parent with that attitude and it was quite a shocker.
My example: An entire family of kids who sat next to our table at a restaurant and screamed, ran around the building & jumped across the table to get food from each other's plates the entire time. It was awful.
The restaurant (a spaghetti factory) had arcade machines & the dad handed out one 20-dollar bill after another to the kids so they could play games (didn't keep them from running). He seemed a bit grim about their behavior, but the mother was almost as bad as the kids.
When a child acts like he's the parent and the parent follows along, complying with the whims of a child. Drives me insane.
The worst behaved children I have seen have been on public transportation. I have seen three cases of children yelling, running under seats and even yelling/hitting their parents on the bus. The parents were so shocked and embarassed, they did not react! They tried to ignore or "shush" them. So painful to watch!
i remember a small child running around a nice restaurant and spitting on me and other customers. Then he would run and laugh. I think he needed some attention but the parents were totally ignoring this child, so finally the owner had to say something.
by crystaleyes 5 years ago
If your child does something wrong like hit you because you have not given in to his tantrum, what would you do? I have sometimes given a smack on his back for misbehavior.. is it fine or am i being a bad parent?
by Brian Loewer 5 years ago
Is spanking a misbehaving child morally wrong?Wether you spank your children or not, do you think it's ok if a parents chooses to swat their kids on the bum as a form of discipline?
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