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Brooklyn Parents Try to Ban Ice Cream Truck

Do You Dread the Ice Cream Truck?

The sound of the ice cream truck playing its song is synonymous with Summer — as is the sound of kids crying when their parents say, "No. No ice cream before dinner." It's an age-old problem, and one that most mamas simply consider par for the course with parenting. But in the progressive neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, the moms are waging a war against ice cream peddling. On a popular message board, one frustrated mom wrote:

Along with the first truly beautiful day of the year, my son and I had our first ruined day at the playground. Two different people came into the actual playground with ice cream/Italian ice push carts. I was able to avoid it for a little while but eventually I left with a crying 4-year-old.

A chorus of moms quickly chimed in with their own accounts of fending off tots who screamed for ice cream. The angry mothers ultimately called for a ban on the sale of the ice-cold treats in their popular park, with one saying, "I should not have to fight with my children every warm day on the playground just so someone can make a living!"

Others argue that it is the parents' responsibility to simply say "no" to their kids every now and then, and the ice cream vendors shouldn't be penalized. What do you think?

Source: Flickr User Kazz.0

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lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
we don't see it that often.  but last week, it was literally at the bottom of the back steps when we walked out of the elementary school!  parents were having a fit.  he might have a kid at the school..... i get more irritated with the candy they have in the lines at the grocery store, that are RIGHT THERE in every line where you have to check out.  the candy is a eye level and you're busy unloading your cart.  that is very annoying.  when my kids were little we would have a situation where they were wanting candy, and of course, my daughter with autism didn't understand why this wasn't  a "choice".  i spoke with the manager who tried the "its not creating a problem for me! just watch your kids" bit.  (insulting!)  after that i stopped telling my children "no" and told the check-out person that we didn't want any of the candy.  one tried the "you might want to tell your kid not to touch that", to which i responded, "it's not a problem for me.  but you might want to twll you manager if itas a problem for YOU".  had a candy free lane the next week!
Rebecca-M-Gruber Rebecca-M-Gruber 5 years
I'll admit that I often find myself circumventing the corner where the ice cream truck sits on warm days, but truly, I look at it as a chance to teach my kids that they can't always get what they want. Yes, there are tantrums, and yes, it's frustrating, but it's not the end of the world for them learn a lesson!
amber512 amber512 5 years
Yes, because that music is ANNOYING!
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