Took Bailey to one of those indoor play areas today and while he basically had a good time, there were two older boys that kept pushing him down, grabbing him around the neck and hitting him. Bailey didn't cry or hit back, but I felt like doing both.
Where were the parents? Did they not care? I would never let either of my kids do that to another child. Even if they were just rough-housing like Hubs said, what if it esclated and Bailey got hurt or worse he hurt oneof the other kids.
Bailey was having fun and wasn't ready to leave, but I couldn't take it anymore. I distracted him with the promise of fry fries for lunch and got out of there ASAP.
As we were leaving the kid's parents returned just as they were "attacking" "rough-housing" another child and the dad and mom just laughed and said something to the effect of boys will be boys, no use in trying to change them. What? WHAT? Step up be a parent, take control of your kids before it is too late. Hubs got me outta there before I could reply and good thing too because I probably still would be lecturing about responsibility and the role discipline plays in parenting. I don't know maybe I was out of line and just blew it out of proportion, but I don't think it is ok to let your kid do whatever they want. You have to teach self control, compassion and the ability to know right from wrong.
Yes, I know everyone has their own parenting style and what works for me may not work for them, but I take my responsibility as a parent pretty seriously and I want my childen to become the best that they can- caring, responsible, respectful, well rounded adults. Am I expecting too much?
All of this has left me scratching my head and a little dizzy. What is your take on the situation?