If I know you, and I know your kids, I don't hate your kids. And "hate" is really the wrong word hear...I should have called this post "I am annoyed by stranger's kids, when their parents aren't paying attention and letting them run around like assholes and be mean to my kid..." but that was too many characters for the title line.
Our last visit to the Children's Museum inspired this post. We were in the toddler area (which is for ages 3 and under) on a busy Saturday morning during the members only hours. I over hear this mother talking about the two "little" girls she has with her - one was 4 the other was 5. They were twice the size of most kids in the area. They are playing next to M in the arts n' crafts area of the room and they are throwing the shredded paper up in the air so that it is landing on M's head. I politely say "girls, let's try and keep the paper on the table so all the kids can play with it." And they leave our table and go to the second table and continue to make a complete mess of the area.
|Some kid stole my train mom!!
5 year old girl: I want to drive
Me: Well, you have to wait your turn, she will be done soon.
5: I want to drive now.
Me: I'm sorry but she is driving now and then you can drive.
5: But I want to drive now.
Me: Well too bad.
At this point M in enamored by the giant girl sitting next to her so she reaches out her hand and waves and the girl swats her hand away and says "don't touch me!" and backs up. I looked at her and said "She was only trying to be nice to you. Where is your mother??"
I was so fired up that I just grabbed M and started telling her that other kids can be jerks, loud enough so hopefully this brat's mother could hear me. We then ventured over to the train table and just as we were playing with a train some other little brat came over and grabbed it from M's hand and walked away! It took every ounce of self control I had not to go over to that kid and push him over. And this time the mother was watching the whole time - and she even said "oh good, now you have a train let's go over here." WTF woman??? Did you not see my kid holding onto that train?
This all went down about 3 weeks ago, and just writing this makes me mad again. I do not have patience for absent minded parents or their a-hole kids at all. I don't understand how parents can just let their kids go crazy and not pay attention to their every move. Ok, not every move, but seriously get a grip on your children. M has such a sweet disposition that she doesn't know any better and seriously just wants to be friends with everyone. And I feel like all of my friend's kids are the same way. Maybe because all of my friends have good heads on their shoulders and are actually good parents.
So if you are at the Children's Museum and you steal my kids train again, I might "accidentally" trip your kid. Just saying is all... :)