Three kids under 5 walk into a bar…

Actually it’s not a joke and they walked into a taco joint near our house.  And they were actually there before us.  But my point is, the kids’ retarded parents need to be schooled.  Why? Because they were so friggin’ ill-behaved the other two lovely families there besides us were giving the wide-eyed stares that one gives when in disbelief  and one of them actually quickly ate and left so as not to endure the lack of discipline. ARGH.

I grew up with a father who was a “barker” (read: yelled at stupid things and scared us kids into being timid) and a Mom who was not strict but not permissive either. I knew that if I was in a restaurant, I was to use my inside voice and not run around causing havoc.

So we go to this taco place near us (you know the one…). Evan orders while I find a seat (I take a table for two and Maya is in the stroller asleep snug up against my leg.) In front of me is a man with presumably his about 6-year-old daughter having a lovely conversation.  She is well-behaved.  Behind me is a family of four with two boys, the older one is playing with a toy gun and the younger one is playing with mom quietly.  Also well-behaved. Then to my right is a man, two women and three brats.  All running around, alternating screaming at the top of their lungs.  The parents when they aren’t talking to each other, make the slightest effort …and only the slightest to corral their hellions.  Evan sits down and starts giving me “the stare.” The one where he tells me silently that he can’t believe the behavior happening around him and if that little girl runs into the stroller one more time and wakes Maya up, I’m going to have to have words with the parents.  The man in front of me gives “the stare” to his daughter…she’s probably wondering why these kids are behaving this way as well as her Dad looks like he would have none of it. 

One of the “parents” tells the kids that they can run around, but not to go past “this” stroller. That would be my stroller. The one with my daughter in it. I’m thinking a) don’t use my daughter’s stroller as your kids’ fence, as they’ll probably run into it and 2)EXCUSE ME????? Parent your kid, don’t encourage their stupid behavior.  I remarkably was quiet and continued to shove quesadilla in my mouth so as not to get into a scrap with Maya in the vicinity. But damn was I pissed.

So that’s what DID happen. What SHOULD have happened was these moron parents should have corralled their poor kids and taught them how to behave well in a restaurant.  They actually apologized to the dad and daughter and said they wouldn’t be coming to the restaurant again.  Let’s hope.

P.S. One of the little boys snapped off one of the bamboo plants in front of the restaurant and the consequence was (and I quote) – “Next time remember to ask the plant for permission before taking it.” WTF?????

By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. Ugh. I can’t stand lazy parents.

    Mark and I talk about that kind of stuff all the time…because we see it so dang often! I remember Mark telling me one time, “There are places where kids can play and a restaurant is not one of them.” Is it really that hard to teach a kid that? I don’t think so since all of us seem to have learned that lesson…So why does that crap happen? Laziness…

    What is that saying? Parent is a verb, not a noun. I wish more people thought that way…

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