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Mommy Alert! Park Behavior

Yesterday, my mom took my daughter to our neighborhood park. Just like any other park, there were some feisty kids horsing around, but one older girl overstepped the playground rules, at least in my mother's eyes.

To see what happened,


As my wee one played in the sandbox, a girl about 10-years-old yelled at her little brother (around the age of six), "Get your a** over here! Come on you little *itch!"

In disbelief, my mama turned to the little girl and said, "Excuse me. That kind of language is not appropriate for the playground." The sassy–mouthed girl took her brother, left the playground, and went to the neighboring basketball courts.

How do you think you'd handle a similar situation?

milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I definitely would have said something. And I agree aphrosette, the kid probably has no clue that it's even wrong to say those things.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
tech kim... i would have had a FIT if the employee told me "i'm sure he's heard it all before"... i cant even BELIEVE the nerve... to not have apologized? ughh...
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I'm not sure how I'd respond--probably be struck dumb with shock. Good for the mom for speaking up
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Ye Olde "your mother should wash your mouth out with soap"
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 9 years
I'm willing to bet that child learned it from her parent. I would have said something too, but then again, I'd do the same to another adult. It is hard to believe there actually used to be a time when people wouldn't use such foul language in public. I wish people would have a little more decorum.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I would have definitely said something. But would have re-phrased for her a "better comment to make" For example "Name we need to leave, will you please hurry over." I am CONSTANTLY doing this in my classroom (granted there is no cursing there!) but the kids are receptive to it, and they are starting to get it!! I strongly believe that if you see something like this happening, you can't just tell a kid to stop it. They won't!! Most likely they don't know what is the right thing to do/say, or even that what the said is wrong. The concept of appropriate/not appropriate is so abstract to a child, that they need to be taught it. This is why it is a good idea to provide a proper response for them. Kids need to be taught this kind of stuff, and as adults we can not expect them to already know it.
techkim techkim 9 years
Yep I hate swearing. I was in a Dollar Tree Store and one of the workers was saying F this and F that and I said excuss me pointing to me son. And she said I am sure he has heard it all before HELLO. I said not by me he hasn't
blackjade blackjade 9 years
I would have done the same thing. I'm a firm beliver in it "taking a village..." I think too many people sit by and let things slide because they feel it's "not their place" to say anything.
Courtney82 Courtney82 9 years
I would have done the same thing that you mother did. Even if she is allowed to talk like that I wouldnt want my daughter to her it. Even if he parents were at the park and thought it was acceptable I would have a little chat with them too.
Ericka Ericka 9 years
I would have done the same thing. Sometimes kids just need to hear it from someone that their behavior is wrong.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
If it was in close enough range I would have done the same thing as your mother did. If it was further away I probably would have just left it alone. But close enough for my child to hear...I would definitely say something. Obviously the kid's parent doesn't say anything about their bad language or behavior.
Baluk Baluk 9 years
I've intervened when I've seen another child behave inappropriately. As my son & I walked to the play structure, I saw a young boy pick up a strewn beer bottle and purposefully smash it on the sidewalk. I turned and told him to pick up the broken glass, which he did. My son asked me why I yelled at the boy and I told him what he had done was dangerous and the park was a place we all share and need to keep clean.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
I have had some bad expeiriecnes at the playground, too. and a lot of times the parents are standing right there ignoring the behavior of their children and chatting w/ other moms. I once had to stop a couple of boys from playing basketball w. a big hunk of concrete. they were throwing it up and trying to get in the hoop. the moms were just watching. but after I made a very loud comment about how dangerous it was they told the boys to play w/ something else.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
that is a tough one... glad your mom said something. Not sure I would.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I probably would've done the same thing. I have had to physically make sure that my daughter wasn't pushed over in the bouncy houses before. I try to have my daughter stand her own, but in that circumstance, if I didn't do anything, my daughter would think it's ok to act that way. Even if the girl continues her rude behavior, I would make sure that I showed my dismay.
macneil macneil 9 years
I certainly wouldn't dare do what your mum did!! Not unless I wanted to be shouted at and maybe punched! It's a jungle out here in the UK.
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