Bare with me, you will see where this is going….
This past week, we have really enjoyed the beautiful fall evenings. The kids and I have made a couple trips to the park….Sarah has a new obsession with sliding boards and swings….the girl is all about motion….and Nick loves to do anything outdoors…he is just happy to get away from the homework!
Then, this weekend we went to my nephew’s birthday party at THIS indoor fun center….we had a great time! The kids loved it….so did the adults….food, big screen televisions for the sports enthusiast, and games galore!!
Now….to make my point…..Playgrounds and Play Centers…….Kids running everywhere causing major chaos…and my question…Where are the parents?
I was shocked at the number of kids running amok….with not a parent in sight!
Kids of all ages…big ones and little ones…bullies and lost little souls looking for someone to give them attention.
I am sure if you have frequented any of these places you have witnessed this for yourself…..so that leads me to my next question???
What do you do when a child is behaving in a way that they are endangering the safety of other children…namely yours?
At the fun center….Sarah was in the ball zone…not a pit…it is just a big obstacle course that the kids climb, crawl, and slide through…anyway, most of the kids were pretty young as this is geared towards the little ones….and at the time…it was filled with all little girls.
I was standing on the ground as I watched these girls literally fling Sarah out of their way and crash into her on the sliding board….I thought for sure she would be in tears….she got right up and kept climbing to the top….still with a big old smile on her face!
I tried to politely say something to these girls, but that did nothing…..I held my breath each and every time she climbed up…..even went as far as going up there with her for a short period of time to play referee….but that didn’t work. The little ones couldn’t move around me….and I was being smacked in the head with balls that were flying across the room…..just imagine me climbing through the tunnel with Sarah and other kids pelting me in the head with nerf style balls that shoot from air guns….what a sight!
At this point, I tried to get Sarah out of the ballzone but that was not happening….so I let her go….now, Pat walks over to see Sarah in action…..it took him all of 30 seconds to see what was going on and I hear him say……What are these kids doing??? Someone is going to get hurt….Where are their parents?…Did you say something to them?
Now he was going to try…first time politely….second time….a little stern……third time….I said, forget it….they are not going to listen…let’s get her out of here.
Next thing you know, right infront of us as we are walking out…..she trips as someone is trying to push past her…hits her mouth…bites her lip…blood running down her chin, she is in tears.
We have all been in these situations…..what have you done or what would you do? I felt the only option was to leave…..but that doesn’t seem fair. Needless to say, we won’t be visiting these kind of places during prime time.