“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”

12 Nov

We go out for lunch, and the kids play in the indoor playroom. Other children join, and a merry time is had.

Except for the fact that it’s too much for the mother’s to smile at my husband as he supervises their kids along with his own. It’s too much for them to acknowledge other people. And it’s far too much to ask their children to take their shoes off in the playroom. Wouldn’t want to be considerate to others.

I suppose our jackets weren’t expensive enough, or perhaps my hair isn’t styled properly.

For all the bitching people do about how rude other people are, all we seem to run into when we’re polite and open are more rude people. What gives? Is there some kind of defect in the water that makes it impossible to just say hello, or to lead by example and follow the instructions written on the door? In 10 years, these women will wonder why their little darlings don’t follow instructions, and not once realize it’s because they disregarded what they wanted in front of them.

One of my biggest challenges in parenting has been doing what I want my children to do. No jaywalking, picking up litter, holding the door open, letting people pass, saying please and thank you. It’s important to me that my kids grow up with manner, that they realize at some point that how you treat strangers is indicative of how you treat the people in your life. It’s important to me that they act kindly towards others.

Just once, ONCE I’d like to meet a mother in real life who isn’t suffering from a rectal cranial inversion. Just once.

(And ladies, my husband isn’t going to eat your children. He LIKES playing with them. Just because your husbands can’t be bothered doesn’t make mine a freak. kthxbai.)

2 Responses to ““Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.””

  1. radical mama November 13, 2007 at 9:27 am #

    It is hard to find other parents who don’t let their kids run wild. After all, kids need to be “creative” right? I run into those parents all the time, along with the completely overbearing “No, do it this way! You aren’t doing it right!” parents. I’m in the middle, where are the other middle-grounders? Oh, yeah. On teh internetz.

  2. Nat November 13, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    I agree with radical mama. I see far too many parents who are either “pets” to their children’s every command, letting grow up to be spoiled little dictators OR who are overbearing and not letting their kids grow.

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