Snot-nosed little boy and his SFB parents - EDITED with more info
Just a bit of a vent about a 4yo little boy at a local fundraiser/petting zoo this weekend.
The place was packed with parents of small children. PACKED. For every activity, there were long lines. And it was very hot outside, too: 90s.
Well, my own 4yod and I had waited in a long line for the bouncy house when a father and mother and their two sons came barreling through like a bull in a china house. The eldest son, about 4yo, was screaming and throwing a hissy fit and saying it was his turn next.
The dad cuts in line in front of me and says, "I should probably teach him to wait in a line, but he's just so upset!" So he hands his tickets to the attendant and shoves his kid into the bouncy house in front of us. I was a bit taken aback, so I just let it slide, even though I was a bit upset that I had waited patiently and had my own 4yod wait patiently for her turn.
Anyhow, once inside the bouncy house, that 4yo boy kept shoving other littler kids in the head and making them fall onto the bottom of the bouncy house. He would also jump on them and smash them and then laugh.
I finally ran around to the other side of the bouncy house where monster kid's parents were standing and told them they'd better get their child out of there or I would yank him out myself.
The mother gave me a look like I'd shot her in the heart. "Oh, MY child is behaving in a way that you don't approve?"
Ummm...darned right! And if that kid would've even touched my own daughter, I would've dragged him out by his ear. As it was, he didn't come near my daughter.
Anyhow, mother shouts to her son to come out, and he refuses. he's still pounding away at other children, making them cry.
Finally, the attendant makes ALL the kids leave the bouncy house. 4yo little boy is now crying and slamming his fists against his mother and father and yelling that he wasn't done jumping yet.
I wanted to go over to her to say some additional words, but they wouldn't have been very nice, so I just kept quiet.
Honestly, what is wrong with some parents nowadays?
What would your response have been, do you think? Just curious.
EDIT with more info:
Why did you let your kIda go in there with him in there? I don't get bothered by children when they aren't behaving. I just walk away. Yelling at the parents is only going to teach your children worse things.
My kid was to have been the first kid to go in the next round of kids. She followed the little boy up the slide and into the bounce house. He wasn't disobeying or being physical when she followed him up the slide, he was just being a snot-nosed shit.
And since my kid was going to get into that bounce house that turn, I figured I wasn't going to say to the 14yo girl attendant who had been standing in the hot sun for hours volunteering her time,
"Um, excuse me little teenage girl, but that boy just cut in line."
I just let it slide.
But then I saw how that 4yo boy was behaving, and I was PISSED OFF.