Ah... Those sorts of people do exist. I see it every day: the person who skips an appointment then complains because we didn't call them to reschedule; the person who steps in front of me on an escalator as I'm walking up and jostles me then starts yelling at me and follows me into my quadrant in the revolving door to act like an entitled bitch; the man who pushes aside the grocery cart of an older man to reach something on a shelf rather than waiting; the mother who tries to push her way ahead sick children in line at the pediatrician's office because she was nearly two hours late for an appointment for a booster shot for her son.
I was at a book store on Saturday and picked up a magazine I like. It was the last copy on the shelf and someone's young brat came up and told me her mother said I should give her the magazine because she wanted it. The kid threw a tantrum when I refused and her mother started yelling at me.
Not all parents are like this but too many are and I would love to have their children taken away from them. Not all children have this rock star attitude but way too man do and they grow up mean.
The bolded part blows my mind!
a) I would never send my child to take something from another adult. Granted she'd be more likely to get it than I would because she's a cute little mini but I still wouldn't do it, it would teach her a HORRID lesson in trying to manipulate people.
b) My 3 year old does NOT have tantrums in public. She knows better. All a public fit gets her is a quick trip home, being sent to her room, and losing her privileges for the rest of the day!
I will never understand why people allow their children to act this way to begin with, much less encourage
it! My daughter is only 3 so yes she's hyper and thinking before she acts is a rarity, that's why she has a mother. When she does something wrong (often thinking it's a game) I make her stop and apologize for what she did and talk to her about why it wrong. Ex. We were grocery shopping last weekend and she really wanted to go to the park and play Tag. I'd told her we could once we were done with the groceries but the shopping had to get done first or she wouldn't get lunch! She "Tagged" (slapped in the thigh) a woman in the store and we stopped dead in the aisle and I made her go and apologize to the woman who tried to say that it was o.k., she was just playing, and I told her it wasn't o.k. at all and made P apologize. Once she had I knelt down to her level and we talked about the fact that she didn't know the Lady and it was rude to "tag" people who weren't a part of the game. She understood just fine and we didn't have any more problems, and haven't since.
It's not that hard to teach your children if you are consistent in your expectations with them. Heck, these days, P sees a kid having a fit at the store and looks at them, and their parents, like they are all crazy
because she knows I'd never let her get away with that behaviour and it makes me almost physically ill to see parents give into such displays.