Thursday, July 23, 2015

No more kids in public!!! America's temporary obsession with a diner owner who yelled at a toddler.


So the news feeds are full of the story about the Portland diner owner who yelled at the 21 month old child to be quiet.  Everybody and her sister has an opinion on it.  The self-righteous helicopter parents are crying emotional abuse, while the arrogant and intolerant people without any kids are pushing for the permanent ban against parents bringing their kids to public places.

Sadly, this stigmata against parents of kids who are kids at times has led to parents going to some rather drastic solutions such as drugging kids on long flights where they would surely get antsy-pantsy.  This simply to avoid the backlash and dirty looks from others who would otherwise be bothered by the outbursts of your poorly parented and out of control but very normal infants and toddlers.

I too must admit to being bothered by other peoples kids at times.  For example, there were times back during my college days when I'd be sitting in a coffee shop reading from a textbook when some very distracting kids would come in.  Then again, I've also been bothered by that overly bearing mother who sits there telling little Johnny over and over in that annoyingly patient voice not do do everything.  "Johnny stop it.  Johnny be good.  Johnny don't do that.  Johnny eat your chicken nuggets."

At least I can sympathize simply from having been in that situation with my own kids, as I'm sure any parent who has ever had to drag a 2 year old out of a department store because the kid was throwing a fit because they didn't get the toy would.

This story has gone way overboard with nothing but arrogance from both sides.  The parents defend their actions and complain about the rudeness of the owner.  The owner complains about the parents and a screaming toddler.  The mother was shocked because somebody yelled at her kid.  The owner is shocked at the parents being oblivious.  There are two sides to every story.   Be the parents in this case right or wrong, the owner of Marcy's Diner probably could have handled it better too.

What's most surprising is the mother's disbelief that somebody would do that.  Some of these parents have to learn that they're not going to protect their child from everything.  Sooner or later they they will experience what really happens in the real world outside of the protective shelter of the helicopter parents.  But by then it will be too late.  Mom will be complaining about their little one being bullied at school, but only because she raised a victim.
Making national news was the last thing we expected on our quiet summer getaway to Maine this week.
More >> I’m the mom whose encounter with an angry Maine diner owner went viral. Here’s what happened.
Yes it's also true, some parents are oblivious to their own children's imperfections and wrong doings, but after you read this, you'll probably come to the same conclusion I do.  This mother is totally milking it.  

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