Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Awful Truth: Parents Need to Grow up!
Saturday evening a group of us went out to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. While we were eating, a little league team of boys in their red uniforms tumbled in along with a large group of parents. I'm guessing that the boys were all about 9 or 10 years old. That is when things started to get interesting.
The parents immediately seated the boys at a long table and then separated into a mom's table at one end and the dad's booth across the room. And that is when the 'parental' interaction ceased.
The parents did not look up from their respective sides of the room to give these boys ANY attention. The boys held it together quite well for awhile, eating their pizza and generally behaving. But as the time wore on, the hijinks began.
It started with spit ball throwing and escalated to bits of food being thrown and soon it was becoming an all out food fight with chunks of bread being dipped in water glasses before getting launched. The wait staff at the restaurant picked up on what was going on and creatively interceded with some materials to distract the boys and save the restaurant from utter destruction. And all the while, the dozen or so parents were choosing to completely IGNORE their boys and their inappropriate behavior.
I and the other parents in my group were left scratching our heads. When did it become acceptable to surrender your parental duties in a public place to strangers? Why did these parents feel justified in ignoring their children? I am baffled! Are parents so lazy now that they truly have given up on trying to teach their children anything? I do not blame these boys--the blame falls squarely on the immature and selfish parents who could not be bothered to monitor or even interact with their own kids. What a shame!
Have you seen other examples of selfish and immature parents?
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