Sunday, July 3, 2011

Writer's Workshop: Your Parenting Picks My Butt!

This is my first time joining Mama Kat's Writing Workshop I have seen others do it and have always been intrigued, but never made the time to do it. Seeing as I am supposed to be doing this blog for me, I thought why not do something I like and give me something to write about improve my writing skills.

The Prompts

1) Describe a memorable first date.
2) Write about a child you find inspiring.
3) What do you find most challenging about blogging?
4) Name a pet peeve you have about how other parents raise their kids. Go on... stire the pot.
5) We often spend time and energy talking about people in our lives we don't see enough of. Describe a person in your life you are in contact with often. What does he/she mean to you?
6) If you could thank your mom for anything, what would it be? Create a video thanking her for something.

I chose 4) Name a pet peeve you have about how other parents raise their kids.

I am taking the time to do what I try not to do in people's faces. I myself have been confronted by those nosey parents who think they know the best about the way I raise My children.

Exhibit A: When my eldest got bullied, there was yet another incident. I ended up pulling him out of school. I told the vice-principal that those kids were lucky I teach my children to be passive and walk away, because if it was me in that situation I would have beat the kid with his own crutch. By her expression, it was an inappropriate comment and more so in front of my son.

Exhibit B: When my daughter was playing with the gas tank of another vehicle and I snapped at her to stay away from the car. A woman had the nerve to tell me that my child would listen if I wasn't such a bully. I was the mom and should know better. (LIke wtf?) Then she jumped in the passenger side of her vehicle as the driver squealed away. Really it did happen. I was trying to get three children under the age of five in a car with no one losing a limb or life.

Exhibit C: When a woman yelled at me from her vehicle in a parking lot to put socks on my baby's feet, because she'd get sick. I yelled back for her to worry about raising her own children and let me raise mine.

I swear I run in to all the crazies when I leave my house. I need to stay inside more often. So now it is my turn. I have A LOT I would love to say to people about how they raise their spawn angels. Yet, at the risk of sounding like an over bearing know-it-all I don't. Here is my chance! Remember, Mama Kat told me so. (Gotta blame someone if I get yelled at for this)

When I worked in fast food, I was a single mom raising my now 13 year old. I detested working lunch rush and dinner rush. It wasn't the regular people. It was those Moms who allowed their kids to climb. on. everything. Then they'd say (when they finally did notice), "oh sweetheart, please don't do that". In the most sickening syrupy voice ever. These snot nosed beasts would be obnoxious. Climbing over the parent, mashing their face all over the display case. Listen lady if your kid is acting like that I guarantee those are not clean hands or noses making marks on glass that has REAL food on the other side of it. EWW! I've seen kids hit, smack and spit at the parent while they continue to say things sweetly. I know they say you get better results with honey than you do vinegar. But children are like animals! Even a dog owner puts vinegar on the spot the dog peed on so the dog won't go back to it and pee again. The dog owner knows that the dog doesn't like the smell of vinegar. Do something your child won't like. Like if Little Johnny decides to throw himself on the ground because McDonald's doesn't have the toy he wants in. Don't make the poor person go to the back of the store and search through boxes looking for the perfect toy for Little Johnny, and hold up the long frustrated line behind you. Tell your kid to put up or you are leaving and the food can stay right where it is in the store. I guarantee you that even if your child gets louder as you walk out the door, that long line of people will secretly be cheering you on in their heads. YOU ARE THE PARENT. NOT YOUR KIDS FRIEND!

And one more thing, to the couple a few weeks ago in the Shopper's Drug Mart. You are raising criminals! I was ready to smack you two upside the head. You two walked around the store with your heads in the clouds, getting what you needed while your children ran through the store like a couple of hooligans. They were loud and running full speed. The store employees are not there to clean up after your kids, nor are they there to babysit. Trust me, they don't get paid enough for that. Then, as you left, you walked out before your children. They were still running around in the store. Finally when they saw you leave they literally bolted through the sliding door. You stood outside the store as your son didn't wait for the sliding door, to open, but instead forced his way right through it. This popped the door off of it's hinge. Then you stood there and watched as your two children laughed at what they had just done. You didn't come in to see the damage or appologize to the employees at the store for your children's behaviour. Heck you didn't even discipline your kids for acting in the manner they did. Thankfully Shopper's Drug Mart has a door that has a type of fail safe that just pops the door, although it requires a lot of force. If that was not there your child could have been seriously injured. If they cannot respect the store they are in, nor act like civilized children, do you really expect them to be law abiding citizens when they are older? No. I think not. So couple with the hooligan kids. Smarten up and I don't know, maybe try a stern tone of voice and threaten to beat them with a really large stick. A Baseball bat will do.


  1. Parents who don't parent are scary. I think we'll be seeing a backlash to a more authoritarian parenting in the next 10-20 years.

  2. Yep, parents NEED to be parents. We need to teach our children how to behave in situations and what is appropriate behavior.

  3. Haha! I couldn't help but giggle as I read this because I completely agree with you! I once had a parent ask me in a parent-teacher conference: "Well, if I already promised to buy my son a video game and then he misbehaves at school, what should I do?" What?! I thought, did she really just ask me that?! You don't buy the game, moron! (Of course, I didn't say that. However, I probably didn't hide the look of shock on my face very well as I answered her as politely as possible.)

  4. I connected with you on this post I too was a single Mom at one point working and managing a McD's and wondering why this woman that were at home 24/7 did not teach kids better.
    I hear you sister.

  5. *these women not this. I hate that type of

  6. Ok first of all I can't believe the crap people say to you! That's crazy. Second, it's sad to see parents try and be friends to their little monsters. It will never ever ever work. If I chose this writing prompt, I'm not sure I'd be able to only write a few paragraphs, lol.


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