Friday, 01 May 2009
Yesterday I went to the movies with my boyfriend. We went to see that new Disney presentation 'Earth', therefore there were many children present in the audience with their parents or guardians.
Let me say first that the sights and sounds of this movie were absolutely amazing ...
...however I failed to enjoy it 100% because there were these two young girls a few seats away from me to my left who really did NOT stop talking and making noise throughout the ENTIRE showing.
Now I know that kids will be kids no matter what, and they are always whiny and crying in public places, making the veins in peoples' foreheads throb and their teeth grind together...
Most of us (myself included) are just tolerant and accepting of this because, I'll say it again, kids will be kids!
This experience at the movies though, really irritated me because at least when you're at church or some kind of seminar and a baby starts fussing and crying, you'll see the Mom or Dad TRYING to calm the kid down, or take it outside so that they can quiet him/her down and not go on disrupting the rest of the event for everyone else.
These two girls in the row with me, were jabbering on and on non-stop and not even lowering their voices whatsoever, and their mother would not make a single effort to shush them or ask them to be quiet.
I feel sorry for the people sitting directly below them, because you just tend to hear the talking a lot more when it's right over your head.
It's not even as though they were LITTLE babies; I'm fairly certain that the oldest was at least 9 or 10 years old, and the younger one 5 or 6. In my day as a little child of that age, all your parents had to do was give you a sharp look and you'd simmer down and pay attention to the movie again.
Or AT LEAST she could have told them to whisper and not talk so loudly; whenever the movie volume got loud, or the music loudened...
...they would RAISE their voices to match the volume!!!
It was really the most frustrating thing; several times I had to force myself to stay in my seat and not get up to go ask them to PLEASE keep it down, and that there were many people in the auditorium that were having their movie experience ruined because of them.
Probably I'd have to say it to the mother though, because as I said, she was just sitting there doing nothing about it; just drowning them out, as mothers learn to do after awhile. She could at least have registered the fact that other people kept turning their heads to frown at them?!
Anyway this unfortunately was not the only example of bad parenting going on yesterday. Another child kept running up and down the empty aisle of seats (he and his mother were seated in one of the VERY front rows that most people try to avoid, so it was empty) and his footfalls were VERY loud and distracting.
Again, his mother didn't seem to be doing much at all to get him to stop. Not once did I see her wave him over or get up to bring him back to his seat!
What is going ON with these parents??
Finally, the last head-shaking example we saw was this mother being CONSTANTLY dragged from her seat by her toddler. I don't know why, but the child kept getting up from her seat (maybe she was bored of the movie?) and making SHRIEKY frustrated sounds while wringing her mother's arm frantically until she rose up from her seat to follow her out to the entrance of the auditorium.
The mother was pregnant too; all you could see again and again was the silhouette of her bulging belly heading up and down the stairs, again and again and again because she simply WOULD NOT tell her child to stop, and just SIT STILL to watch the movie!
Seriously, has it become so wrong to just tell your kids to stop doing something that's disturbing others? Are people afraid of others judging them and saying they are bad parents?
If it had been my mom or dad in any of these situations, they would have handled it SO much better. They would have SHUSHED us if we were jabbering on loudly like those girls; not only that, but I probably would have KNOWN better, too..than to go on disturbing so many people at a movie!
My parents would have scolded me to STOP running down the aisles and to sit in my seat or else we'd leave if I didn't want to watch the movie. Same goes for the last scenario, if I for some stupid, irritating reason kept jumping up and shrieking at my Mom and yanking her pregnant-self down the stairs, back and forth.
People comment: Does it seem to you that parents are just becoming more and more loose with their parenting?? If yes, post any examples you've seen!!!