July 17, 2011
We've all encountered them. The tantrum throwing kid in the store, the ones running around in a restaurant. The ones that whine and whine until the parent gives in and gets them what they want in the end. Those kids that misbehave and have no consequence. Excuse me while I get judgey:
I'm seeing more and more kids who run their family's lives. The way I see it, parents should be the boss and if a mom's life completely revolves around her child's needs and wants, I think that's a problem. I feel bad for someone who has little to no life of her own and what little life she has, is scheduled around the child's whims. Kids need to learn to be flexible and that what they want, doesn't always come first.
I cringe inside when I see a kid who's running wild and wreaking havoc. Unless she's not bothered, then I'm annoyed. I think Hey lady, get your kid under control. If we're in a nice restaurant and people let their spawn run around and disturb other patrons, I can't help but feel annoyed. This isn't McDonald's or Chucky Cheese. It's not cute.
I recently witnessed a kid ordering his mom to get him dessert because he didn't want to eat the yucky food. He slapped her hands away when she tried to calm him down and she got him cake at the end. Can you believe it? Rewarding the little demon? He's learned that's how to get what he wants and it works. The mom probably feels frustrated, but she lets the cycle continue. If things don't change that kid is going to be even more of a nightmare. Think Veruca Salt.
I don't claim to have the most perfectly behaved children at all times but they know how to behave in a nice place and speak to me and other adults with respect. I do have to note that although a lot of kids here in Egypt are rambunctious and rowdy, (boys especially), in general kids have a lot more respect and appreciation for their parents and elders than kids in the US. Thoughts?