April 15, 2012 9:56am CST
At a show I worked at last night, one of the other usher's niece and nephews were there with their mother (who was not really visible compared to the kids). They used their aunt's position there as an excuse to run wild. As in, quote: "My aunt works here, it's okay to run!" One of the boys actually said this. Now, their aunt being there should be all the more reason for the children to act like mature individuals, to reflect on her! The mother was actively irresponsible and not concerned about the kids - i.e. we're in a public place, everyone else can watch them. Their aunt, my fellow usher, wasn't impressing me much either. She kept asking me if I saw them, but hey, I was busy with patrons trying to seat them! It isn't my responsibility to focus on one person's children. I was polite and civil, but I was definitely not going out of my way to be a babysitter. If your kids are having a "moment", bring them outside, give them a chance to regroup and behave. Behavior issues so often seem to be the parent...