Sunday, October 2, 2011

I'm Keeping A List

Dear Absentee Mom:

While you were sipping your sweet tea and chatting with your fellow absentee mamas outside the children's play area, I was watching your 2 1/2 year old terrorize every kid in the place, including mine.

I stopped him from climbing up the slide. I asked him to quit getting in everyone's faces and roaring at them. I told him not to push the other children.

You never noticed me reprimanding your child for the half hour we were there.

I'm not sure you even noticed whether or not your child was still IN the play area.

My kids kept walking away and ignoring your little demon. (Just as you were doing.) Finally, it had to happen. Amelia asked him three times not to roar at her. She asked very nicely. But when your brat roared right in her face again, she roared back at him.

And guess what? You kid can dish it out, but he can't take it. So he KICKED my daughter in the face and throat.

He was shocked when I took him by the hand (very nicely, I might add) and insisted that he apologize. I believe that may have been a new concept for him. He was even more shocked when I told him he was going to stand right there with me until his mother came.

The shock on your face was about equal to his. You did ask that he apologize, so thank you for that. But don't you give me the big bad attitude because I stepped in when you were busy chatting it up elsewhere.

Here's a news flash for you: I didn't WANT to discipline your child. I HAD to because you weren't around to keep him from hurting the other kids.

It is to you, Absentee Mom, and the far too many others like you, that I dedicate this sign:

Sincerely Yours,


© Trippin' Mama 2011


CJ said...

This was my first visit to your blog. I'm adding you to my read feeds! Oh, can I related!

Tori Swearingen said...

AAACK!!!! There is nothing worse than those experiences! We had a couple kids at the park whose parents let come over unattended, it really discouraged many of us regulars from going there because it was more trying than it was worth! I always say just because I have three kids of my own, doesn't mean that I am running a daycare!