Most people who know me know that my expectations for my kids as far as their behavior can sometimes be considered strict. I personally don't agree, I just want my kids to grow up with manners and etiquette. Observing the world, I know we often fall in the minority in that way of thinking. Despite that, I do like to say I'm somewhat lenient with the "kids will be kids" mentality, especially in a public setting. HOWEVER, you know I was gonna go there, right??? However, tonight I wanted to seriously discipline a little girl at CiCi's. We were sitting in a booth across from the girl and I give complete props to the people who were sitting in the booth connected to them. The girl had to be around 8 or 9 and she had this helium balloon that she was punching all over the restaurant. The lady sitting in the connected booth had to keep ducking so she woudn't be hit...again, I have to give her props for her patience. I glanced at the lady and she was obviously annoyed but didn't say anything. The girl went from punching it towards her face to punching it towards the girl's baby. So the lady scooted the high chair over. I glanced at the girl's mom to see if she saw what was going on and she was just sitting their smiling all goofy like. After a while the girl moved from just her little area to punching the balloon around other tables. CiCi's is a busy place with people constantly getting up to get more pizza (it's an all you can eat buffet). At this point she wanders over towards us, and I prayed hard to be nice and that she would work her way back to her own table. So soon she is punching the balloon so hard that she is almost falling and here we are trying to eat. So I say very nicely (much nicer than I felt), hey why don't you go back to your table, people are trying to eat and they don't want a balloon near their food. She looks at me and says, well "I'M playing!!!!!"
So now I look at her mom and I say again more nicely than I felt..."ma'am, do you think you can ask your daughter to quit punching her balloon towards me and my kids?" The mom just glared at me and told her daughter in Spanish to leave the mean lady alone. MEAN?!?!...I didn't pop her balloon like I wanted to...I'd say I was pretty dang nice. Anyway, once they left a few people turned to me and said, thanks for speaking up, that sure was annoying! (Gee people, don't speak up or anything!)
Anyway, here's the point of my entry. Kids will be kids, I can live with that, had the girl been 2 or 3...maybe even 4, I could see but a girl that age should know better. Now before anyone jumps on me, I know that there could be more to her that I don't know about so I won't judge her. But the mom did NOTHING. My kids have acted a fool out in public and it is embarrassing and sometimes it's out of my control, but I TRY to keep them, she didn't try. And that is what annoyed me.
I just want credit for not popping the girl's balloon...