Annoying children

United States
November 4, 2007 11:16pm CST
Have you ever been somewhere and there was this annoying child and the kid just kept going on and on and on and the parent did nothing about it but tell him or her to be quiet? Did you do anything about it? Or did you just sit there and say nothing? If you said something, what did you do or say? The other day I felt so bad for this lady because her kid was making a huge scene and I just wanted to smack him across the face to make him stop, and I'm not a person who's for spanking or anything, unless they seriously need it, and this kid needed it. Every five seconds he was screaming or begging for money, telling his mom she was just wasting her money doing laundry because who needs clean close. Then, if you've ever been to a laundry mat, you know they have those cart things to put your clothes or baskets in, well he was racing those around the place, almost ran into my mother and I finally told him hey cut it out or I'm calling the cops, because apparently I thought it was the cool thing to say, and because I knew there was a cop next door buying some food, and apparently that really scared the crap out of him because he stopped. But I just thought, man this lady has to deal with him every day! He did a lot more than I mentioned, but every time I think about it or tell the story, it just makes me want to punch something.
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@jedhimura (194)
• Philippines
5 Nov 07
Hmm.. hi grady! I already experienced that before!.. hehe.. and thinking of it just makes me laugh.. I was going to the park just to spend time for myself and relax...when i get there, a lot of people too was relaxing and watching the sunset... but thr was this group of kids... playing around.. shouting.. and sometimes laughing on some old ladies... so i fell like i want to get the attention of the children and make there energy more useful than just playing around... so I gathered them and told them that i will give them money if they clean the whole park!!! yeah, the whole PARK! hahaha... they were 5 of kids, it took them 4 hours to clean the park.. (its not so big though :P).. then as promised i paid there very good service!! The funny part is, when i got the next week in the park... they asked me for another service to clean the place!! hehe.. Maybe its just how you handle the situation.. kids are good, if you show them good and respect.. Good day!
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• United States
5 Nov 07
I agree that it can be really annoying when parents do not seem to be wanting to make their children behave, but I do believe that some parents just simply don't have a clue what to do. They are just intimidated by whatever the child is doing and instead of doing something about it, they just let it go because they don't know what to do. On the other side, I really get annoyed with parents who are overly agressive when 'punishing' their children. I hate to see those kids getting yelled at or spanked or anything like that. We cannot forget that they are only children and we need to teach them whats right and whats wrong. If we yell at them all the time they start to think its normal to yell at someone and when they get older they'll yell at other people. I guess its just hard to be a parent. We all have our flaws I bet
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• Philippines
5 Nov 07
YES! Well just keep in mind that we were once KIDs too!?? Right? So everyone of us here know what is the feeling of being spanked or yelled at... Thanks for the comment!
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@jeanbug23 (567)
• Philippines
6 Nov 07
It's really annoying to see a child being undisciplined. But I am annoyed at the parents who see her kid misbehaved but doesn't even care at all.
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• United States
6 Nov 07
This is something the mother has to learn to control. If she has no back bone this will just get worse. It's not a good thing to travel with unruly kids in the first place. It could be very dangerous for them and others. The mother could have been up to her ears in tear5s and yelling. This is why it's hard to say if one should spank or not spank a child. This would never be a child with me acting this way. A stern hold of the hand and seating into a chair would be just as good. If this did not work. It's off the to little ones room to redden that azz.
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@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
6 Nov 07
If it was in a restaraunt I would have to talk to the manager. In a laundrymat...that is kinda tough. I guess I would have to give the parent dirty looks until she disaplined him in some way. I have had this happened many times and yes it does frustrate you to no end but there is nothing that you can do except wait it out. Sometimes...I make a joke to the parent about my kid being like that and I cannot take her anywhere because of that and that does seem to ease the tension some.
@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I have told children to behave and stuff. The one that seems to work the best is when I ask the child where their parents are. They almost always apologize and start behaving. I guess when a stranger gets upset with and wants to talk to your parents, a kid gets scared. Too bad that same kid won't obey his parents until the stranger steps in. One time at McDonald's there was this child who was picking on the smaller kids. His mom kept telling him to stop but he just ignored her and she wouldn't do anything about it. Well, I happened to look up just as that child slapped my son across the face. I marched over there and grabbed that child's arm and asked him where his parents were (I knew where they were) and this little kid actually talked back to me and punched me in the stomach. I dragged him over to his mother and told her what he had done to my son, to me and that I was reporting him to the manager. The manager had to ask them to leave and only then did his mother lay into him. She started telling him to just wait until his father heard about this. What upset me the most was that she didn't bother doing anything until SHE got embarrassed by being asked to leave.
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• United States
5 Nov 07
I do have a story where I felt the parent did exactly what should have been done. In this day and age of children's services, most people are scared to discipline their children in public. But this wasn't the case in a Target about a year ago. I was there with my family, and across the aisle there was a mother with her two children and obviously one of their friends. Her child kept teasing the friend by pulling her hair and calling her names. The mother told her once to stop it. I started to leave the aisle, not wanting to see this child be bad, and nothing be done about it. She said something else about the little girl, and before I knew it, I heard a loud smack! I looked back to see the child crying, and her mother going into the old "What did I just tell you" speech. I was shocked, but I couldn't resist clapping quietly as I left the section.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I had one in line in front of me yesterday at the checkout at a department store. He was jumping up and down, wouldn't be still at all and whining. His mom was trying to return something and answer the clerks questions and fill out the return slip. She kept telling him to be quiet. He kept wanting her attention. He finally moved to the other side of her which was between his mother and me. He then reached into her pants pocket. I would have come unglued at that point but she just told him to STOP IT and went on with her business. Gee, if parents would just disipline their kids, they would act so much better in public. I can't imagine how these kids act at home.
@topei12 (272)
• Philippines
5 Nov 07
Yup I see that many times, my kids are misbehaves, too but my biggest problem with them is their crying. Most of the time I pity that parents, I know they would like to do something but there are kids that sometimes when you deal with their behavior gets more irritating. You just wouldn't know what to do. I know these parents recognize the behavior of their kids but would just like to bring to shopping malls or eat out but then suddenly they would explode.
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@williamjisir (22902)
• China
5 Nov 07
It is really annoying when you hear a crying child who keeps crying all the time nonstop. The parent is supposed to know the reason why and try to fix it without letting the kid crying like that because when a child cries, it not only damages his voice but also makes some noise pollution. hehe. So I see your point, dear gradyslady.
@dayzz25 (552)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I can't stand it when parents don't do anything about their kids when they act up. I've been in a doctor's office before and the mother kept telling the child to stop and to come to her. She told the kid about 20 times but wouldn't get up off her lazy butt to solve the problem. I don't believe that people should beat their children but discipline is needed. If you don't feel comfortable getting on to your children in public take them to the restroom or to your car to discipline them. It's really aggravating when the children almost knock an older person down or is rude to them. I think that America has a real problem with the children these days because some people think that just because you discipline your child that you are abusing them. So I can completely relate to your feelings.
@Linarae (27)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I have been out and saw strangers give nasty looks and make comments to parents about their children without knowing the situation. I work with children with autism and they can often display very challenging behavior in public. Their hyperactivity could easily cause such a scene as you mentioned in a laundry mat. perhaps a talk with the child's parent would have given more insight into the behavior.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
5 Nov 07
If that was my child I would of disciplined hime in some way or form as I don't like my son to misbehave when we are in a public place. If I have to take my son with me to public places then I talk to him first about his behavior and also take a long a few of his favorite things to play with or to keep himself occupied while I am doing what I need to be doing i.e laundry or whatever. I know how annoying it can get for others and its also not fair on my son to be with me also so the easier I make it for him, the easier it will be for me and others around me :)