Longtime no post. I KNOW.
But seriously, having contact with other parents in a public setting and their entitled, stuck up little brats have inspired me to pick up my keyboard.
Twice in the last week I have witnessed other peoples children acting like total douchebags at a playground. Twice in the last week I have had to speak to someone else’s child about their behavior in a public place. Once, because the parent’s pre-teenish girls were nowhere to be found and their actions were putting the welfare of some wee ones in danger. Fair enough. Those kids backed off and despite being totally obnoxious on the swing set realized when they had pushed too far and an adult was taking back the authority on the goddamn playground. The thing that killed me about that is that the mom of the little one in danger of getting hit with shit being thrown up the slide stood by and was too fucking afraid to say something to a 10 or 12 year old kid. She thanked me for coming across the playground to fix it but Jesus Christ are we so afraid to be grownups? Do the kids have all the power?
Well, it would appear as though yes.
Today, while at an indoor play area, this woman showed up with her two kids who were a few years older than mine. I’d say about 8-10.
She was busy on her phone, trying to book dance classes for her daughter, and shot me an annoyed look because my kids were being noisy. In a children’s play area and she had to go outside the glass to finish her conversation. I was already less than enchanted. It’s a playground lady. I fuck around on my phone while my kids play too, as long as there is no bullshit and nothing needs my attention, but I don’t try to deal with any business where I have to hear what a human on the other end of the phone is saying. I’m not a glutton for punishment.
This is a high indoor structure that has netting to hold the kids in should they fall. It also has netting along the side on a high, double bump slide that goes hella fast.
Well, her kid decided to pull the netting away from beside the slide so that he could get in behind and underneath the slide part of the structure.
And of course, my three year old copied him.
I have a few problems with this. First, the netting is now not doing its job. So if a kid gets air and flies to the side, they now literally have no safety net because it is not secured properly. Second, the staff clearly do not want kids behind there. Part of the reason it is in place is to keep the kids out. Third, monkey see, monkey fucking do. What might be a “safe” behavior for a 10 year old, is not necessarily safe for a 3 year old.
And fourth, and adult just politely asked you to come out from there, and you told her you don’t have to because your mom lets you do it.
So when Ms. Twatwaddle, whose attention I tried to get because I wrongly assumed that she would be interested in asking her child to follow the same rules as every one else FINALLY came back in, she proceeded to not give a shit, because she felt it was “safe”.
When I pointed out that while he might be “safe” but had created a potentially unsafe situation for other kids she also didn’t give a shit. When I pointed out that her son completely disregarded the request of an adult in the area she also didn’t give a shit. And then she proceeded to patronize me in French to her child, right in front of me.
Well guess what? I fucking speak French, and you, ma’am, are everything that’s wrong with the next generation of kids and the way they behave.
I actually don’t give that much of a shit about what happened at the playground. Kids act like assholes there all the time and it’s part of how they sort out some social skills.
But I felt like she is one of those self entitled bitches who teach their kids that the rules apply to everyone else except for them. And as a parent, a teacher, and a fellow human being, it makes me really angry. It’s just another blaring example of how there are never any consequences for anything because the kids are holding all the damn cards.
Sometimes I wish that beating people upside the head with their own genitals was a reasonable reaction to their stupidity. Until then, I’ll continue to just beat my head against the wall and curse on the internet about it.