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Keep Your Children on a Leash

Original post made by Anonymous, South of Midtown, on Sep 30, 2011

I have a pet peeve. I first noticed this behavior when my husband, child, and I were visiting open houses. There were many children running loose in the homes, and I do literally mean running. Parents seemed oblivious to their ill behaved children playing wildly while people were trying to inspect the homes. I was cut off while trying to enter a room and almost tripped by another child. I made eye contact with the parent, but alas- No response. No apology.

I again experienced this as REI. I went with my teenage daughter to purchase a rain jacket and there were two kids, maybe 4 and 6ish that were running underneath the racks at the store and running down the walkways. The mother and probably her mother acted like nothing out of the ordinary was going on. They kept shopping and let the kids play, while myself, my daughter and several other customers were clearly annoyed. A staff member/ clerk interjected and asked the mom and grandmother if she could assist them in finding something (probably hoping to speed up their shopping) but they declined and kept browsing.

People: If you take your children with you, please make them behave and be generally respectful. We can't always get babysitters, nor should we necessarily, but how difficult is it to set some boundaries?

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Posted by Also anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I agree with you, Anonymous.I see kids running wild in supermarkets and other stores. They see a long aisle as an invitation to chase each other and fight. The violence between the children is also noteworthy. The parents don't seem to care. Maybe they think it's "normal".
Well, it isn't, it's uncivilized, and reflects an uncaring parent.
When I'm really irritated, I say something like Please stop that, this is a store,--to the child, in a not-angry way. They do stop.
It's dangerous to speak directly to a child though, the parents think everyone is a potential kidnapper. What a crazy world this generation of parents have created.

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Posted by Stay-at-home Mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I completely agree and think there are too many parents who try to reason with their children and instead of just telling them "no" and setting boundaries. It could also be that there are too many worn-out working parents who are too tired to be responsible with their kids. One more reason is sleep-deprivation which leads to hyperactivity.

In the case of the Open Houses, however, people may be ignoring their children because they are concentrating on the house. Still doesn't make it right, however.

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