I haven't done a Wednesday Vent Day in way too long!! What better day to start it back up, then today!!
Let me start by saying that I am completely aware that I may be stirring the pot a little bit with this post. I'm hoping that there will be some people who disagree and voice their arguments.
Now if Blogger would only get their sH@t together, we could have some good comments going back and forth.. Please remember that it is still possible to leave comments. Choose the anonymous option, and you should be able to comment away.
So, I went to a function last night that was listed as a "parent" event. It wasn't something that I really looking forward to doing, but it was something that had to be done.
Hubby had to change some of his plans so that he could be home for me to go. This was not really a problem, but it still had to be done.
I fed the girls their dinner, got cleaned up, kissed them goodbye and off I went..
It felt so nice to be out for an hour of freedom! No whining, no screaming, no tantrums.... just peace!!
Peace... until I get to the PARENT Function!!
Say it with me everyone "PARENT FUNCTION"!!!
Can someone please explain to me WHY, every time I go to an adults only function, there are kids running around??
There were so many kids there last night that I wondered if maybe I was the "confused" one. Maybe I was supposed to bring them?? Nope, I wasn't confused.
I had to sit through a very painful presentation for close to an hour, with other peoples children running around like beasts and screaming and having fits.
Don't get me wrong, I know that there are cases that people just don't have another option. Times when people are forced to take their children.
I'm pretty good at picking out the parents that just had no other choice. They are usually the parents that have come prepared. They have snacks and activities to keep their children busy. Oh, and they make their children behave and sit quietly. Those people don't bother me. Those children don't bother me.
What bothers me is the parents that clearly had no intentions of not bringing their child. They come in, plop themselves down and forget they have children...
Their children run around like mad, kick, scream, disrupt everything, and irritate me beyond belief.
It really isn't the child's fault, I lay all blame on the parents.
Maybe we should send a memo out to these parent to remind them what is expected of them..
When invited to a Parent only function, please try your hardest to attend without your children. If for some reason you can't find other arrangements, please respect other parents who are without children by following these simple guidelines.
1. Come prepared ~pack some snacks and milk. Bring some activities to keep your child busy so that they don't interrupt the evening. Chances are, your child doesn't want to be here, so please bring something that they will enjoy.
2. Please take a seat at the back. This will allow for easy exit if your child starts misbehaving.
3. If your child starts to misbehave, please respect everyone by kindly leaving the room and re-entering when your child is calm.
4. Please remember that other parents are without their children and are "off duty". Please keep an eye on your child. They ARE after all your responsibility.
We appreciate your co operation and hope that you will make effort to find alternate arrangements in the future..
It really doesn't sound like rocket science, does it?? I wouldn't think so, but after last night, I'm convinced that these things aren't just common sense.. Crazy me for thinking that they were!
Again, I totally understand that things come up and other options aren't always available. I've even been there.
There are also times that people don't realize kids weren't attending. One family arrived last night thinking that it was for the children.. As soon as they realized that many people were without children, Daddy left with the kids.. That my friends was smart, that was respectful and a lot of people could have learned something from these people.
What are your thoughts on this one?? What do you do when its an adult function and can't find backup for the kids?