Tuesday, August 11, 2009

awsome couple of days...play area police

daily antics



The last couple of Days have gone by really fast! Andy and I were looking at each other at dinner tonight trying to figure out why the days are suddenly flying by so fast. We had a great couple of days tho... Max woke up yesterday and decided what we were doing. "Mommy, I want to go see the caves!" ... so we packed up the kids and drove to Shenandoah caverns. Totally a touristy thing to do but we had a blast. Everything about the trip was fascinating to Max...and Katy made best friends with the tour guide and had a questions for everything. (she is going to love school!)
Today was mostly errand running..my photoshoot was moved up to later in the month so we spent another day together as a family. We had a few things to do in leesburg ... then headed to Dulles Town center to let the kids go bananas in the play area. It was a great alternative to melting in the heat...bleh... glad the whole summer hasn't been like this. There was a little boy about 2 in the play area that was running around pushing, pulling, slapping and hitting the other children. I had my eye on him and couldn't see a parental intervention at anytime. This went on for about 25 minutes. Finally this little kid tried to forcefully shove an older boy off the playset stairs and I jumped up to stop him. Again no parent around to intervene. I gently grabbed the little boy from running away and asked him where his mommy was. My husband... of course...Cop Andy from the other side of the play area...yelled.. "where is the parent for this child!!!???" And still we had to get her attention... I mean common! Anyway... she scooped up her little boy and marched over to my husband and demanded to know what the problem was. Andy explained that she needed to be watching her son who has been running circles around the play area for the last 30 mins assaulting every child he came in contact with. Of course she defended and denied everything we were telling her. Are we the bad guys now for standing up to this little kid?? I saw at least 10 different children cry because of this and NO ONE was speaking up. What are parents afraid of??????? Okay, I know that this is typical 2s behavior.. but this is why your supposed to be there to parent your child... not give them the freedom of say a 5 year old. Anyway... off my soap box.




3 comments:

Michele said...

regardless of the age, there is no exuse. i HATE when parents think places like that are "free reign" for their kids. When I worked at CEC, people would let their kids run wild. Grantd, it's a kids place and kids will run around.. but then when we had to tell the kid to stop climbing on TOP of the rides, or their kid has already gotten hurt, it was OUR fault for not watching their kid. UMM.. Hello?!?! arg. frustration hardly defined my feeling...

On a better note - so glad you've been spending some quality family time lately! Time has been flying, an family time seems more important than ever these days.. <3

Bundleboo MaMa said...

thanks for your imput michele.. :)

mom said...

It is always great fun to watch papa bear when he is defending his cubs. (remember the fast teen driver at halloween?) :)