A mother has slammed other parents who seem to not mind how their kids interact with others such as in a play centre.
She started off by describing how kids are. “Kids will be kids. Kids are snotty, they’re possessive, they’re demanding, they’re cute mostly, but they can be little aggressive ninjas sometimes. There’s no other place to discover this then when you put a whole bunch of kids together at a play centre,” she wrote.
She admits that when in play centres, she’s a “helicopter-ish” mum and makes sure her kids are safe and that they don’t hit other children, too. “Not full helicopter, but one eye is on my mum friend and my latte and the other is on my child. I like to make sure they’re safe, that they play nice…I let them go and learn, and I’m not a parent who will not let any other kid go in the vicinity of mine. I want them to socialise and have a good time and all play nice. I am responsible for my own child when it comes to this,” she wrote.
Laura adds that in a public property, everything is shared. “If we are on public property, nothing is my child’s. It’s everyone’s… so just because my son wants a go and drive in a little toy car that little Tommy is in, it’s a case of too bad Son, you are not entitled, you wait your turn. When little Tommy gets off, then you can play. This is the concept of share. It is amazing how many adults are yet to grasp this. However, if it’s my sons car, it’s his, and if my son wants Tommy to play, then Tommy can play,” she wrote.
She then shared her experience with other kids in the play centre, confessing that she never told a kid off ever in her life. “I’ve never told another child off in my life. I don’t like it. It’s not my responsibility. My responsibility, like I said, is to my child. If my son snatches, I correct him, if my daughter smacks, I correct her, if my kids are assholes, I step in. This behaviour is not okay at any age. However, today I found myself saying the words ‘hey, that’s not nice… please stop’ to two little kids. Kids that weren’t mine,” she wrote.
She noticed that two kids have been repeatedly driving their mini-cars into her daughter, knocking her over. She said she felt she needed to stop it because no one else was stepping in.
A few moments later, while she was helping her son into a ball pit, a boy climbed a jungle gym and was about to fall down, and she was just in time to catch him. She said that the boy’s mother, who had no idea about what happened to her son, came over as she was carrying the boy, and even gave her a dirty look as she snatched her son off her.
Another experience she shared was when two other kids started pushing and hitting her son while he tried to go on a slide. “I actually found myself saying “that’s not nice, stop!” I’ve never liked to tell a strangers kid off, but if you’re gonna pretend you can’t see it because you wanna sit and chat, then I’m gonna tell your child off,” she wrote.
Laura then reiterated she’s not a perfect mother but she believes that mothers should always be responsible for their own kids. “I’m not perfect, not even in the slightest. But I’m polite and I’m not in the business of raising assholes. I’ve been up all night too, I am desperate for social time too, I’m lonely, I’m tired, my neck hurts and everything else…but I also don’t believe that my kid is entitled to pull your kids hair because I want a hot coffee. And if you see my kid be a jerk, you tell him off too, or tell me and I’ll correct him asap. This is the sense of a community,” she wrote.
She then sent out a message to all mothers to support each other.
“Mothers if we don’t have each others backs like this, then how can it be a smooth experience for all? This is a village and it only works if we all do our part, that way we can all have a good time.
“Watch ya damn kid,” she wrote.
Her post has earned over 4,000 reactions and more than 400 shares.