What is wrong with other kid’s parents?
Let me describe a scenario.
Imagine you took your 3 year old and your sister took her 2 year old to the park. A small cute park where generally there aren’t a lot of older kids. When you arrive, there are 3 women sitting at the park smoking and drinking sodas.
I can’t forget the swearing.
These women all had children – ranging in age from maybe 3 years old to 5 years old.
As you push your child on a swing, these other parents kids FLOCK to you and ask you to push THEM on the swings too.
What do you do?
Before you answer, let me make sure I describe these children in full detail. They were dirty. From face to feet – covered in dirt. And eating right out of bags of Cheetos with their grubby hands while playing on the playground. Each one of these 5 or so kids had their own big bag of snacks, and one of them even was picking food up that he had dropped in the dirt and was eating it.
So, what do you do?
Let me tell you what I did and you can tell me if I am wrong.
I told them to go ask their mother.
This is the response I got from one of the girls: “she said no, she’s tired.”
and too busy smoking and chatting it up
What do you do now?
Again I’ll tell you what I did.
I walked away.
I focused on my own kids and ignored these poor neglected children whose parents were 10 feet away but too involved in themselves to address the needs of their kids.
Do I feel guilty?
Yes. A little bit. It really wasn’t those kids’ fault.
Would I do it the same way again?
What would you do?