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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! When youngsters hear that jingle far off in the distance announcing the ice cream truck's impending arrival, they screech for joy and run to their parents begging for cash and permission. On a hot day, many parents will be hard pressed to deny their child the joy of an orange Push-Up, a chocolate Chip-Wich, or a banana and fudge flavored Bullet. But a group of New York mamas are incensed with the ice cream man that parks his goods near the playground. While one of the quoted mothers claims to have nothing against the vendor's profession, she is rallying the troops to demand he move locations. Park regulars are irritated that they frequently have to deny their children the cold treat, often resulting in sidewalk meltdowns, or buy their tot the sugar filled dessert. Others say let the ice cream man be and practice a lesson in telling their children no.

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runningesq runningesq 8 years
These women need to get a job (outside of the home) or a hobby.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
This probably wouldn't bother me unless he played the music constantly. That would grate on the ears after a while. There's an ice cream truck that hits our block 7 or 8 times a day, and its LOUD. It starts driving me nuts because all of the neighborhood dogs bark, and screaming kids... Did anyone go and read the article..? At the end they updated the post with a comment by the woman the Times quoted, and she states that she was misquoted and was referring to the unlicensed vendors inside the park, and whether they are safely and legally handling and selling the foods. She ended with "In fact while I was being interviewed we bought ice pops for our children from a licensed vendor outside the park."
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
The ice cream vendors have a right to be there as well, it's a public place. Parents should stand firm on the answer no and if there kid has a meltdown, well then let him/her throw tantrum or take them home. Don't put the fault on someone else.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Should grocery stores also stop stocking candy so you can avoid a melt down in the checkout aisle? So your kid has a melt down. They will get over it and eventually learn that they can't get everything they want.
Moms Moms 8 years
We don't have ice cream trucks at our city playgrounds, but last week we were in a neighboring town when the music sounded. My kids didn't have a clue what it was until their friends filled them in. My husband was more excited than our son and daughter. Life's short, we're talking about ice cream — these mothers are ridiculous.
patina patina 8 years
oh please. this is over the top. does this mean grocery stores shouldn't sell toys because your child might want a toy & then have a meltdown when you say no? the ice cream guy can sell his ice cream where ever he likes & the parents need to deal with their children, explain things to them & agree on something. there is always an ice cream truck at the park we frequent and there are many parents saying no. the child gets upset & then moves on.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 8 years
Temptations are all around not just the icecream man at the park. What about the toys they hang in isles of the grocery stores or the candy right at the front of the store or the gum ball machines or fast food signs everywhere. Let the icecream man do his job and you do your job as a parent. My son learned right away that throwing a fit will not only get him in trouble but will also ruin chance of getting icecream this time or next. If he behaves and understands that we are not getting it this time but if he is good that maybe next time he can have it then I reward him the next time for being good in the first place.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 8 years
I happen to live one block from our NYC playground and have to say that the presence of the ice cream truck has caused some issues for us. That said, after a week of meltdowns, my son now knows that a visit to the truck is treat and we do it on occasion. Did I like putting up with the meltdown? No. Is it part of my job as a parent? Yes.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Well I don't know about "control". All the great parenting methods in the world are not going to guarantee against a meltdown if the kid really is having one of those days. You can't control your kids moods but you can try to help them cope with them properly. Some people who don't have kids think it's so cut and dry when it comes to parenting, "Control your kids. End of story." It SO doesn't always work like that. But I do think the ice cream guy has a right to be where he is, it's a public park and he sells ice cream to everyone not just fussy kids and irritable parents.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Just because you have no idea how to parent your child, doesnt mean you get to deny these people the right to own and run their own businesses.
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