Posted on: Thursday, December 9th, 2010
There’s always that whiny kid that wants their own way. Today I witnessed first hand how the modern day whiner handles their parents when they say “no.” If I’d had some popcorn it would have been a show.
A five year old boy asks for something ridiculous. The mother says no. The situation somehow spirals into a game of patience between mother and son. The mother ignores all cries for attention. The son takes immediate action by lying in the middle of Costco, snow angel style (good move), while hundreds of people pass him by wondering where his parents are.
My whereabouts? Right behind him at the wireless kiosk where I work. The child continued to kick, scream, and cry for a solid ten minutes, whilst casually lying on the Costco floor . The mother? Carelessly pursuing the book section of course, uninhibited by her son’s temper-tantrum in the middle of the busiest store in, oh I don’t know, the entire province?
A few things went through my head during this battle of wills: Should I laugh? Is it inappropriate to take a picture? What’s the mother’s next move? When will my headache go away? And could I get away with this?
Finally after ten minutes of hearing this kid scream out “I want my mommy,” she picked him up and continued to shop while his cries echoed through the store.
So what did we learn? It’s important to show your kid who’s boss BUT there has to be some sort of line drawn when parenting techniques become a hazard to others.
Recommendation? Pack him up and take him home. Work sucks as it is, and if I can’t get away with lying down in the middle of Costco, neither should he.
Either way I’ll always have this hilarious photo: