Is it just me or...

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2011
Is it just me or...
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 8:09pm

Or do some kids/parents these days just have no respect or common sense at all! I took my kids to a local mall today that has a play area inside, and at the entrance to this area list rules as well as height restrictions. Well of course every time we go there there are at least a dozen kids that are too big to be in there, but as long as they are being careful and well behaved I let it go. But today there were three boys and a girl who were all WAY to big to be in there and were running around jumping over the smaller kids(including my 7 month old) and just paying no attention at all. I noticed that they had no parents are gaurdians anywhere around, so I politley told the oldest boy that he and his siblings were too big to be in the play area and they needed to sit on the side and wait for their parents. Well not even two minutes later they are all back at it again, so with a little more force in my voice I told them again and showed them off to the side to sit. The youngest who was probably ten, looked me dead in the eyes and said "this place is for everyone lady".They then proceeded to run and find a security guard and tell them that I was "being rough" with them. Of course I explained the situation to the security guard and he was understanding, but I was still practically scolded by him for telling them to stop playing in there! HELLO!! You post rules and regulations for this place but do nothing to enforce them! I felt that as a parent whose children were at risk of being injured I had every right to tell them to stop. I didn't yell at them, I didn't grab them, and I gave them a chance to do the right thing. Am I wrong????


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Community Leader
Registered: 10-10-2007
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 11:53pm

I definetly do not think you are wrong, good that you went to the security guard, even though he said what he said, maybe he doesn't have kids and just wanted the situation to quietly stop.  I have a 4 and 8 year old and I have seen the same thing you wrote about.  Twelve years old have to be careful for the little ones, and to do that, they don't need to be in a, "kids play area with slides....sigh"  Go find a place and let the toddlers learn to climb with you big kids knocking them over.

You did the right thing and I hope this doesn't happen again.  I sapose I would not be very professional to ask the "name" of the restuarant the play place was at (LOL).  Hope you feel better.