Parenting Mishaps

When it comes to parenting, there’s definitely not a clear-cut right or wrong way.  Every family has its own way of doing things that works best for them.  Now I know that I am certainly not the poster mom for parenthood, but compared to some of the shady characters that I’ve run into lately, I’d say that I’m doing pretty alright.

I’m sure that most of you would agree with me that caffeine and toddlers do not really go together.  That would be like giving the Tazmanian Devil a truckload of crack, right?!  So when I saw this one particular woman recently feeding her two-year-old son Mountain Dew by the capful, I couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow.  I mean, honestly, what possesses a person to think that ramping up an already jacked-up bundle of energy is ok?  And did I mention that these caffeine blasts were taking place at the beginning of a three-hour plane ride?  Yeah and lucky me just so happened to be sitting right across the aisle from this major parenting failure.

I also recently came across a mom who was so enthralled with her own conversation that she completely blew off the fact that her kid was totally bleeding all over the place.  The poor child approached her mom for help, blood streaming from her arm and tears flowing down her face, while the mom repeatedly shushed her away so that she could finish her ever-so-important chitter chatter.  I had to purposely bite my tongue to keep from offering to take care of the boo-boo myself while her jackass mother continued to shoot the shit out of absolutely nothing at all.

Then there was the parent I ran into who had apparently taught her kid that rude is definitely the best way to go in life.  This little weenie of a kid felt it necessary to talk smack to anyone and everyone who happened to make any kind of eye contact whatsoever with him.  My poor daughter made the mistake of looking back in his general direction, and you would have thought that she’d stabbed him in the gut with a kitchen knife.  He immediately began LOUDLY bitching to his mom that he “didn’t like that girl looking at him like that.”  And wouldn’t ya know that his clueless excuse for a parent just laughed it off as if it was the cutest thing she’d ever seen.  Manners CLEARLY were not her strong suit, so she didn’t even attempt to teach him the right way to behave.  I have a feeling he’ll end up being the next Charlie Sheen.

So if it really is true that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, then we are in a world of hurt here, people.  There are one too many a-holes in this world who are breeding even more a-holes like it’s their job.  Common decency should really not be a thing of the past.  I guess at the very least, though, the a-holes sure are making the rest of us look like we’re candidates for Parent of the Year, right?

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15 Responses to Parenting Mishaps

  1. Jenny says:

    On Tuesday I saw a mom at Starbucks letting a very small baby in a stroller drink out of her Diet Coke bottle. WTF?

  2. Elle says:

    I can’t even imagine giving my 2 year old caffeine. She already tries to kill me with the amount of energy she has.

    I really want to strangle the type of parents I see who are chatting on their cell phone. Their kids are being well behaved and just ask them something but the mom or dad will tell them to shut up.

    Or when parents berate their kids in public and call them stupid. It’s all I can do to not say something.

  3. MamaBennie says:

    Dear lord, I let the first born (3yo) walk in the grocery store the other day and she told some1 to get out of her way….I was mortified and apologized like I was the worst human being on the planet. Then I proceeded to tell her we say excuse me please because saying get out of my way is rude. I guess I’m not doing that incredibly bad considering I try to actually correct said horrible behavior.

  4. Mandi says:

    One of my pet peeves is when I say hi or ask a child a question and they don’t respond. My daughter is only 4 months right now, but she will definitely have manners. 🙂

  5. Moxie-Dude says:

    A few years ago I actually SAW a mother pour Coke into her toddler’s baby bottle. True story. And never mind the sugar rush. Think of the kid’s teeth!!!

    • nuckingfutsmama says:

      A toddler guzzling Coke out of a bottle of all things is so beyond wrong on sooooooo many levels! What the hell is wrong with people??!!

  6. Andrea says:

    I went to lunch with a friend and her niece the other day. I got each of my crew an ice cream cone and a diet soda for me. She got an ice cream cone and a diet coke to share with the three year old. They took turns licking the cone and sipping the soda. I’m not a food/drink sharer and don’t give any of mine artificial sweetner or caffeine. It took all of my restraint to *only ask if she was sure that the kid should have diet soda ; )

  7. Carol says:

    Recently, in front of Walmart, if you can believe that, I watched a woman talking on her cell phone while smoking a cigarette and trying to get something out of her purse. How did she solve this terrible problem of too few hands? Why she just bent over and handed that cigarette to her five year old to hold while she dug through her purse. When I grow up I wanna be just like her!

    • nuckingfutsmama says:

      Asking your KID to hold your cigarette???!!! That is beyond whack! That woman needs to have her tubes permanently tied! Disgusting!

  8. Colleen says:

    Just a couple of weeks ago I saw a woman at a fast food joint (okay, by some’s rationale, I was the bad parent because I was at a fast food joint with my kids, but, I digress…) and this chick had her whole big LOUD brood of rude kids. I think there were 6 of them, ranging in age from about 3-12 or so. She was completely ignoring them and looking at her phone while they ran amok all over the place and when they’d try to get her attention she’d say, “leave me alone, I’m talking to my friends on Facebook.” True story. This place was chock full of seniors and I thought they were going to organize a mutiny and take the bitch down!

  9. Della says:

    I would have stepped in with the “don’t bleed on me, I’m on the phone” mom at the airport.
    And my response to the potential “Don’t touch my kid!! Kidnapper!” would be “oh right, I’m supposed to call CPS FIRST and THEN make sure the child is taken care of. Hang on, let me get my phone.”

  10. John says:

    I’m a huge fan of the “unattended children will be given a double espresso and a puppy” sign in stores…intentionally giving caffeine to a toddler? I’d think that warrants a visit from protective services. Ack – my toddler son absolutely loves drinking from a straw, and I’ll give him a tiny sip of my unsweetened iced tea when he’s too much, and I feel guilty about that (I normally end up ordering a spare water on the side to handle occasions such as this).

    I’m also not somebody who can bite his tongue with truly misbehaving children (especially when there is a danger to themselves or others). Not too long ago, I started yelling at a kid for jumping off tables at a mall food court (almost onto someone). The mother gave me an absolute death stare before she went back to texting (I’m sure about how rude I was).

    • nuckingfutsmama says:

      Well screw her! I think you were totally warranted in saying something to the table jumper! There are way too many clueless parents in this world!

  11. Matty says:

    I refer to this as the revolving door effect. Their parents raised them like that, they raise their kids like that, and their kid will raise their kids like that. It’s a never ending cycle. Heaven help us all.

  12. Amanda says:

    The “raising a-holes like its their job” cracked me up – true lol. Great post.

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