Parents at fault

IT'S THE PARENTS: “Excuse me, can you control your child or at least stop and ask him what’s wrong.” Photo: Shutterstock

BEFORE I start this, I have to say that I like children. Well, let me qualify this, I like well-behaved children.

The ones I’m not too fond of are the ones that are allowed to do what they like, when they like, where they like, with parents that do not give a monkeys what inconvenience it causes others.

Come to think of it it’s not the children that tick me off; it’s the parents that let two plus year olds run round a restaurant screaming at each other.

The parents sit there totally oblivious of the noise. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be having fun. They should be, but not at the expense of the other punters. Then all of a sudden, they decide they have had enough and start yelling at the child which then starts the poor little so and so crying and screaming and then mum or dad start shouting even more.

Then the idle threats start. “If you don’t stop I’m sending you on the next plane back to England!” You can almost see the child thinking “No you aren’t!  I’m five … you have to come up with something more believable than that …but in meantime I’ll just carry on screaming.”

I was in a supermarket recently and there was a woman with a five or six year-old child and he was kicking off like a thing possessed and she was totally ignoring him.

Obviously she had read somewhere that this is the correct way to deal with this situation but I have to tell you, even though I’m no expert it’s not! At that point a woman walked up to her and said: “Excuse me, can you control your child or at least stop and ask him what’s wrong.” Well, all of a sudden it became quite apparent where this small person developed his temper because his mum went berserk at this woman telling her, in no uncertain terms, to mind her own business.

But what did happen was the child, all of a sudden, stopped screaming to watch his mum take over the tantrum. I walked off and left them all but having a full blown punch up. My last plea is to the passengers on aircraft.

It is not acceptable let your little precious constantly kick the back of my seat and yes I will turn round and I will ask you to get them to stop and no it’s not their fault or mine its YOURS!

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