Blue J, on 15 August 2014 - 06:58 AM, said:
YYZumbi, on 14 August 2014 - 05:36 PM, said:
Well its the screaming, and fighting and the way they are running around that I hate. Why can they not just sit down and shut up?
Ah, yes, why can't everyone do what I want them to do? Don't they know that it's what I want that really matters the most? Why hasn't anyone informed them??
These kids, who can make sounds, and can move around...it's just terrible.
OK, I admit when I'm out somewhere, such as a non-Chuck E, Cheese restaurant or store and there are kids running around free as whirligigs, causing all sorts of mayhem while their parents either ignore them completely or smile indulgently at their little darlings - I start having mean thoughts about the children that may or may not involve NFL-caliber punts. But it's really the stupid parents I'd like to punch in the throat.
Friday I was waiting in line at the grocery store; the four/five year old in line behind me BIT ME ON THE CALF! Hard. I of course jumped reflexively (and shouted "OW DAMMIT!"), since being chomped isn't near the top of my list of Things I Might Need To Guard Against At Kroger, and in the process knocked Hannibal Lecter Jr. on his ass. Hannibal of course starts to cry.
While the mom didn't yell at me for knocking Hannibal over, she simply said, "oh sorry, he's going through a biting phase" as I bent to examine my calf for any actual punctures. (Kids may not have a lot of PSI force in their jaws, but those teeth are sharp) OK, lady, two things:
-One - he is clearly old enough to be past the biting phase, and if he's not, he is
old enough to grasp the concepts of actions = consequences
-Two - if you KNOW he is "going through a biting phase", THEN WATCH HIM!
I am afraid I wasn't very charitable and snarled something about getting the kid a muzzle and maybe a rabies shot.
I'm just missing some vital component that would enable me to connect with children. Put me with one and it's like I've been plunked down on a planet populated by small aliens and they keep trying to engage me, but I have no clue what they're saying.
Edited by Mara, 18 August 2014 - 10:25 AM.