Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Play Place Bullies

someecards.com - Of course I support a parent's right to spank. My kids don't need it but you should definitely spank yours. 

 I know I’m not the only parent who lets their children run free at the Chic-fil-A play place.  You know what? I’m not even a little ashamed; because by the time I’ve hauled all three wildebeests into that place I deserve a break! I deserve to kick back, scarf some waffle fries and watch my children play happily enclosed by noise muffling glass. I keep an eye out, and my boys aren’t always the best behaved kids there but they’re usually never the worst. You know what drives me nuts though? Parents who don’t pay even the slightest bit of attention to what their child is doing, because they usually are the parent of the play place bully.

How exactly do you deal with someone else’s kid harassing your child?! I’ve tried miming through the glass window demonstrating dramatic pile drive and left hook directions, but I am not subtle and my kids aren’t very perceptive.  I try to let them fight their own battles whenever possible but there comes a time when you have to step in. I feel so awkward yelling at someone else’s child but, I will do it. I will even squeeze my butt up inside those plastic tubes to tell someone else’s kid what’s up. You best believe if I hauled myself up inside that germ ridden plastic that smells of billions of tiny unwashed children’s feet you will be listening to what I have to tell you. 

My kids attract bullies like magnets, seriously wtf?!! Maybe because Conner is big for his age and Beau is a peewee we cover the spectrum of sizes most likely to be picked on, I don’t know. I always thought my kids would be lone ranger toddlers, never picking fights but always stepping in to end one, heroically protecting the “little guy”. I guess that’s not how kid fights work. Maybe it’s the directions I gave about hitting that were confusing,

“Don’t hit anyone, especially anyone smaller than you, unless you’re being picked on, although even then it’s still not ok to hit. Ok, don’t just let someone else hit you, though, if you get hit first it’s ok to defend yourself. Goodness sakes, don’t be a punching bag, but don’t start it. Ok, just don’t hit people… unless you really have to. Oh yeah, and always help your brother if he’s being picked on… ”

I see how that could be a little confusing, it’s not like I can straight up tell my kid,

“Don’t hit, but if someone puts hands on your brother or you, KNOCK THEM OUT!”

Ugh, It’s a position I hate to be put in. I guess I’ll continue to let them try and fix their own issues whenever possible.  Stepping in now and then with my angry eyebrows and commanding “mom voice”, gently opening a stern but understanding can of whoop-ass on small bullies.

 Oh the situations we find ourselves in.


  1. Ha! I enjoyed your little explanation to your kids about when it is OK to hit. It is not easy to teach fine lines to a child. I have an inner teacher in me that has no trouble coming out when a child is being mean.

    1. I wish I had that inner teacher haha. My kids always listen to strangers, if someone else's mom says something to them they shape up quick! Other kids I've run into not so much.