while waiting in line at the airport to get coffee before a flight recently, I had the wonderful exprierence of watching over parenting in action. despite the fact there was a line ahead of them (giving ample time for food selection and a thourogh rehearsal), and a line behind them, all of passengers who clearly had places to be in a limited amount of time, this mother decided that CLEARLY the best way to parent her children was to wait until it was their turn at the counter to ask her brood what they would like. when the two small tots did what all small tots did and look up confused at their mother, she then proceeded to perform a 15 minute routine of 'waht would you like sweetheart? no you can't ahve that. what would you like? no you can't have that but you may have this. don't want that? well honey what would you like?" followed closely by a 'tell the nice lady what you'd like. come on honey say what you'd want. come on say it, tell the lady what you want' parade.
meanwhile those of us in line were watchign the minutes tick past as her small children blushed and cried and griped and demanded chocolate which she didn't apparently want to give them. I feel sorry for the poor cashier- what was she to do when that child finally mumbled somethign that sounded like peerfecebagtal and the mother looked at her expecntantly, as if her perfect little angel should be applauded for his verbal prowess.
at last, order in and I'm saying a big thank you that yuppies are finally finished WHEN: mommy decides now is the time to teach jr manners. 'say thank you. thank you darling. if you don't say thank you you can't have any'..whats the cashier to do? ring in the order and begin preparing it? or wait another 5 minutes until jr sputters out a satisfacory thank you on the off chance mom makes good on this threat?
listen up parents: for the love of god not all of us think your little blessing is such a genius. not all of us are delighted by their childish antics, or have lots of time to spare while you attempt to make said spawn perform like the trained monkey you clearly wanted. and not all of us think it's oh so cute when we end up leaving said line, no coffee, in order to meet our plane, but hey, we did get to hear a child learn and isn't htat the greatest thing of all? no. it's not.
you're not teaching your brat anything here except that the world will wait for them, which it own't. order for them, go over the rules ahead of time as to what they want, and if you must make them order, rehearse it while you wait in line- and stop wasting everyone's time before someone neuters you.
|glad I'm childless|