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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chick-fil-A is NOT your Babysitter!

OK - I rarely do this on my blog, but I am about to rant!

Do you know what drives me absolutely insane??

Mothers who treat the Chick-fil-A playground as if it's social hour, and sit and gab with their friends instead of watching their kids who are acting like holy terrors on the playground!

When my kid can't go down the slide because your kid is standing in the middle of it and blocking it, then I have a problem.

And don't get me started on the little girl who was absolutely whaling on kids left and right (not mine, luckily!) and making them cry. I don't know about you but when I hear children cry on the playground, I (a) check to see if it's my kid who's crying and (b) check to see if my kid caused the crying. So while other kids are crying their eyes out, this mother sits at her table talking to her friends, oblivious to the fact that her child is hurting other children.

Was she deaf or just didn't care?

I choose the latter.

Look, don't get me wrong. I love hanging out and talking to my friends while my kids are playing. But, I also keep an eye out on my kids. It's what mothers do.

My husband popped by for about two minutes to say hello to us and while witnessing all of this said, "Why do you even bring them here?"

The truth is I take them there because my kids love the food and it's a good playground. But after watching how some of these mothers act, I began to wonder 'why do I even bother coming here?' Lily couldn't even enjoy herself because of all of the way-too-big kids playing on the little kid slide who thought it was funny to keep her from going up the slide.

But, then again, my kids shouldn't be punished because you can't bother to keep an eye on your kids. So I have an idea.

If you are going to sit outside and talk to your friends and completely ignore your kids while they wreak havoc, do this. Invite your friends over and do it in your own backyard and let my kids play in peace.

There I said it. And boy do I feel better!

8 comments:

Whitney said...

You go girl!
Thankfully, I've never witnessed this, but I'm not sure if I would be able to hold my rant for my blog.
I would also like to say that the toy section at Wal Mart isn't a babysitter either. Every single time I go there, there are those huge bouncy balls coming my way or I'm getting ran over by kids pushing other kids in shopping carts!

Love my 2 BoYs! said...

I am with you sister, I feel your pain! I have always been one to not let Sam play at those playgrounds and its for those very reasons. I have always felt bad cause Sam always wants to so bad but its either parents not watching their kids or this one really gets me.... sick kids out there playing!!! That one really gets me! Thats also why I cant stand Chuckie cheese. You got me started and now I cant stop!! LOL

We need to get together soon Amy!

Love my 3! said...

Preach it sister!! Totally agree!! I just happen to be one of those mouthy mamma's who scold's other peoples kids whose mamma's aren't doing there job!! Sorry!

The Titsworth Family said...

I know exactly what you mean Amy! I had this exact same problem a few months back and I couldn't believe it. I even had to help the kids climb up into the fort, and then they kept asking me to do this & do that while their mothers talked inside Chick-Fil-A. What are people thinking?

Amy said...

I am so glad I'm not alone!! :)

Amy

Michael Werner said...

I agree Any , It's hard to eat at a fast food blace.

Manda said...

Amen! If you want to be a parent, you must do just that... parent! If you want to just sit and talk with friends, do it on mommy's day out! lol ... You are definitely NOT alone Amy! :)

PaulsHealthBlog.com said...

It not only happens at Chick-fil-A, but also on the playground at the park.

Whenever I take my three year-old little man somewhere to play, I watch him like a hawk.

I'm always amazed at others who don't do likewise, especially in this day and age of disappearing children.