You’ve seen it before.You’re casually shopping at the mall when some little kid freaks out about God-knows-what and the parent just goes about their business as if nothing is happening. You try to ignore it but the urge to punch the kid in the back of the head is almost overwhelming. Or maybe you are that parent, hoping that the little f**ker would just shut up already without you having to actually do anything.
Why do some parents loathe to do anything when their kids spazz out in public? Here’s a few reasons:
Remember when you first got a puppy? Or a kitten? You were all over that little bugger for the first few months. Then they got bigger and messier. If you didn’t take the time to train them, they didn’t listen to you. That bundle of fluff just became an expensive ball and chain. Once they stopped being cute, you looked to something else that would hold your fascination – i.e. Play Station, Wii, fire, etc.
The problem is that some parents are part of that TV generation that needs constant stimulation. In the beginning, kids are really cool and interesting. Then parenthood starts to wear thin and grate on the nerves. Unfortunately, the law requires parents to feed and clothe these buggers for another 17 years. If you are looking forward to days of fun and adventure when you have your first child, then you need to change your definition of “adventure”. Try an eco-tour.
This is not just a river in Egypt. Ha, ha. Parents find it easier to disacknowledge their kid’s demon behavior than to do anything about it. They believe people who complain about their child’s lack of social graces are whiny, hyper-sensitive, heartless non-breeders. They delude themselves into thinking that their kid is perfectly fine and that nothing is wrong with their own parenting skills. Parents in denial also understand that their kids are a direct reflection of themselves. So, any attempt to correct the child would be an admission of a personal flaw on their part. Hell, no! So, they cope by going to that happy place in their minds. Copious amounts of weed and booze help too.
How can you possibly feel disgust for a poor innocent child that you helped bring into this world? But, let’s face it. Kids are filthy and covered in germs. Ick. Also, kids aren’t all that innocent. Children are born as pure sociopaths. Parenting is all about turning them into functional human beings. Good luck with that.
In this age of photo-taking cell phones, the threat of someone calling Children’s Aid prevents parents from disciplining their kids. Childless old women are especially dangerous in this regard. They pay attention to everything happening around them simply because they have no lives of their own. These bats live to f**k you up just so they can have something to talk to their cats about. Children get away with s**t because reprisal from the government is drama that some parents can’t be bothered to deal with.
5. The other parent
Parents like to alternate. I changed his diaper twice already. It’s your turn to feed him. I bathed him last time. All these things take a certain amount of effort. Administering discipline to a child takes time and nerves of steel. It’s also tiring and soul-sucking. Obviously, it’s much easier and desirable to just push that s**t off onto somebody else – even if that somebody is in another part of the mall.
6. They want to be the centre of attention
People will do almost anything to get noticed. Hello, Octomom! The quickest way to say “Look at Me!” is to let your kids run amok in public. These parents live for drama. Why else would they have children? Others might be talking smack about them but at least they’re talking.