We went to a play area in the mall today. There were several small kids and these 2 older boys. The 2 older boys were jumping off the equipment (which is expressly forbidden). It was an accident waiting to happen. As soon as I realized that the mothers of the 2 boys were sitting next to me I decided I'd had enough.
I start saying (loudly) to no one in particular that they needed to quit jumping before they land on my kid.
I kept up this running commentay until one of the mothers got up and started patrolling her kid.
The other mother was oblivious.
I went to feed Sugars, when I got back those two mothers were gone.
I told Subvet my next step would have been to go up to the mother and tell her if she couldn't make her kid follow the rules of the playground I'd get mall security and have them removed.
Now here's the reason I'm sharing this. I had been told ahead of time by the mom I went with that this scenario plays out often when she's there and she doesn't know what to say.
Folks, don't sit there and have to choose between putting up with it or leaving. THEY'RE the ones breaking the rules. If you make it uncomfortable enough for them, they'll leave.
There was another little boy there who kept going up to the little ones and pulling hair and pinching faces.
Now my 3 year old was actually taller than the 42" marker and Gator-boy isn't still long enough for this kid to concern me. But I watched another mother first tell her girl to tell the boy not to pull her hair, then tell the boy's mother when he pinched her girl's cheek hard enough to make it red. The mother did nothing! If my kids were in danger from this cretin, I'd have told that mom I was gonna spank her child the next time he touched my kid. And I would have said it LOUDLY.
DO NOT ALLOW TINKLE-POOR PARENTS & THEIR LITTLE SNOTS TO RULE THE PLAYGROUND!!!!!!!
It is up to us to stand up for our children in all situations, this is how they learn that it's OK to stand up for themselves.
And if you're not quick on your feet, plan out what you'd say in different situations ahead of time.
OK now everyone sing with me....little 80s flashback here.
We're not gonna take it
we ain't gonna take it
we're not gonna take it