What are peoples pet peeves that parents do?

Hope - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 282 moms have responded )

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I know there is some stuff that really annoys me, like for one when parents let their children run around a store like wild animals or when they let their kids run around in a restaurant or crawling all over the floor. I was taught that you don't move from the table unless you ask to be excused. What annoys you guys?

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Karen - posted on 05/05/2009

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Angry parents who yank their kids by the arm and do the shouting/yelling thing.



Parents who talk "baby talk" to their tots to keep them quiet...eeesh!



For older teens: Not letting go...

Lindsey - posted on 05/04/2009

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i can't stand when parents let their kids run around stores and yell at them the whole time and tell them they better behave or they are getting in the cart...when they should be put in the cart from th start so there is no fighting...how is a mother suppose to shop and get what she needs done as fast as possible if she has ot worry every second if her kid is running away from her...



i also can't stand kids that hit..and the parents that do nothing about it..so your 2 year old does nothing but hit and bite people and the mother does nothing about it just say..."no johnny" or what ever and they just continue to bite and hit...its rather annoying i hate the parents that let their kid do what ever..



another thing is the parents who you see..on like talk shows on tv..that let their kids eat what ever they want in any amounts and end up on shows liek maury for being like 2 years old and 100 lbs...and they say they are gonna do what ever their kid wants and give them what they want if they want chips and ice cream for breakfast ill give it to them..come on now..thats just stupid and they wonder why their kid is like 100 over weight at that age...sigh...i could go on and on about what pet peeves i have about people that do stupid stuff..lol

Kate - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Jessie:

I hate it when people smoke in their cars with children, or anywhere near their children or someone else's child for that matter! And people who don't wash their hands before holding a baby. Also people who act like I'm being unreasonable if I ask them to wash their hands first. And finally people (strangers) who touch babies without asking! EW!


I totally agree. But I love your pic. soooo cute.

Kate - posted on 05/04/2009

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Parents who smoke around their kids, children not being properly restrained while in the car, lack of discipline, just a lack of responsibility all around.

Heather - posted on 05/04/2009

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It drives me crazy when I'm over at someone's house and the TV is on all day long. And if someone dares to change the channel from Treehouse (a station that only airs children's programming in Canada), the child throws a fit. I believe it's doing your child such a disservice to rely on TV to teach them and entertain them, 24/7. That, and parents who buy, buy, buy things for their children. Just because you're at a mall, doesn't mean your child needs a new toy. Just because you're in the grocery store, doesn't mean your child needs candy.

Lucie - posted on 05/04/2009

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i hate it when people say "the young moms" like we all are irresposible. i am a young mom of three beautiful children and i see many older momthers with children that are like some of the examples abov. my point is that its not only the young mothers that are irrisponible the older ones are to. and i agree with most if you are not resposible then you shouldent have children because they are the biggest responsebility that you will ever have. learn how to be responsible before you are responsible for another life.



And manners, very importent for your children to learn at a young age, my oldest is three now and was asking using please and thank you before she turned two. Its all on the parent to teach them these things. and that brings me back to the fact that you must be responsible befor you bring another life into this world it doesnt matter how old you really are.

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There are quite s few things that drives me mad... Parents shouting and screaming at their kids in public, parents that say no to their kids and after the kid goes on and on they give into them, parents smoking around their kids, parents that threaten to smack their kids (cos you just know they do it in private), parents that are not listening to their children when the kids are trying to tell them something. My biggest one is parents not supervising their children around swimming pools! I had first hand experience of this when my father saw a child motionless at the bottom of a pool whilst on holiday in Spain, he and my husband pulled him out and I gave him CPR, even when the paramedics got there his parents were nowhere to be found, eventually they were located as he was taken to hospital. Poor little thing. Luckily he was ok and released from hospital a week later. Shame on them! How the authorities were never involved was beyond me!

Sarah - posted on 05/04/2009

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I really have to agree with you. You don't know what another parent is going through so I try not to judge when they seem like they're having a bad day. There are certain situations that I see that may not be safe that bother me but overall, I think we all love our little ones and want what's best for them. :)

Sarah - posted on 05/04/2009

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I really get pissed when I see parents allowing their young children to sit in the front seat of the car/truck. They are completely unprotected and vulnerable. The saftest place for children is in the back seat with an appropriate seat for them. No excuses.

Trista - posted on 05/04/2009

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I almost hate taking my own children in public. I always feel like everyone is watching me and judging. If I yell at one of them, they think I am a horrible mean mom. If I just let them throw the tantrum, they think I am a slacker mom who can't control my children. I just can't win. I also HATE it when working mom's tell me they do everything I do (as a stay at home mom) plus work 40 hours a week. They do not do everything that I do, just like I don't do everything that they do. Why insult me just to make themselves feel better.

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Parents that change diapers in public places. I work in a museum and people will just plop their little one down anywhere and change their diaper! It's unsanitary! We have changing tables in EVERY bathroom! Not to mention that there's not one inch of the museum canter that hasn't at some point been peed on, puked on, or bled on, (yes it's been cleaned, but still!) why would you want to expose your child to that?! Gross!!!

Hope - posted on 05/04/2009

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It makes me sick when there is parents who have these kids and just don;t give a crap. Too care free. Cause there is some women who want nothing to be a mom but due to health issues can't have any that would probably take better care than these parents and their lack of responsibility.

Jessica - posted on 05/04/2009

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We are not perfect,we are parents. I heard that on TV and its true. So we should be supporting one another. Just my opinion. I think overall there are a lot of good parents out there, there are exceptions,but who are we to judge. Its hard enough being a parent now I gotta worry about people judging me? I have my family for that..lol!

Christine - posted on 05/04/2009

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There are several here that I agree with. As for leashes I think that's a personal choice and doesn't bother me either way. I never used one but I don't live in or frequent any areas that it would be really necessary.



My biggest pet peeve has to do with those parents that practically walk crouched over incase their children fall. Does everybody know what I mean? The ones that feel they have to climb on the jungle gym with their six year old and help them sit properly before going down the slide. As wrong as I think that is (considering they do it on their own at school) it really ticks me when they judge me for not doing the same and I get very upset when they actually physically step in to help my child. I know what my child can and can't do, I am always close by, and I believe I am helping my children by letting them learn to do things on their own.



Wow, that felt good to get out, lol.

Jacinda - posted on 05/04/2009

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The whole running around the store/restaurant or where ever you are at. Its not necessary and like you all I was taught to sit there until I was excused and that's way my kids will know it. And I also hate it when parents drop off their kids at day care on their days off, you children are so precious and I don't know about you, but I enjoy every minute I get with my kids; weather they are having a bad day or not. They are only little for so long.

Glenda - posted on 05/04/2009

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I have a big issue with not only parents being buddies with their children but willing to hide dangerous secrets to remain buddies with their children. I know parents who would rather see their teens friends get drunk, smoke drugs and have unprotected sex in their home to remain friends with their children. Unfortuntally, due to this parents lack of responsibility, these teenagers are suffering the consenquences. By becoming addicts and parents early in life.

Audry - posted on 05/04/2009

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i like to know every steps from my childrens i got one from 18 years and another one from 14 years they teens and i am a full time worker mom and is hard for me to dont have any clue from what they doing during the day is very hard. that is my pet peeves

Lisa - posted on 05/04/2009

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when parents are in a restaurant with thrir toddler and they put the childs food directly on the table god knows how dirty that is. that drives me nuts!!!!

Serina - posted on 05/04/2009

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Definatly HATE when parent have there children on a leash or harness! Control them or make them sit in a cart, its called parenting! And also parents who underdress kids for the weather, like they should be as warm as they are yet its FREEZING outside. And another one... when I see little tiny kids like 5 years old walking alone in the streets of the city, after getting off the bus from school.. or playing random places where no ones around and anything can happen. Parents have no clue where their kids are these days and it makes me SICK. And really.. how hard is it to make arrangments to pick up or have your child picked up after getting off the bus?? theres ALOT of creeps out there!!

Amie - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Morag:



Parents who look down on you for not keeping your kid immaculately clean all the time. They get bathed once a day so they are clean (twice if its a OMFG scenario like the Mud pie incident the other week, and well a bath was the easiest option)... Sorry I want my kids to love life and live it, not have to run around with a pack of babywipes.



This one made me laugh quite honestly. I'm a mom who goes out in public with my kids and I used to take wipe or washclothes wetted and in a baggie. It eventually got to the point where I gave up, if my kids are dirty so be it. They are kids and will get into things. I've noticed though that mine can get dirty even when I stick them in a clean room and let them play. I have yet to figure out how they do this. lol! But I've gotten those looks too. They look at your kid and then look at with raised eyebrows and you can just see their minds going jeese why didn't you clean up your kid before going out? Well excuse me when we leave the house my kids are clean how they get dirty between home and where we're going I'll never fully figure out.



 



For my own pet peeves though, I absolutely can not stand parents that try to parent my kids when I am RIGHT THERE! Like really give me the chance to do something about their behavior before jumping down my kids throat. I WILL jump down your throat and have done so to a few. I don't have eyes in the back of my head but give me the courtesy to deal with it or at least tell me if I don't see it within the first 5 seconds since that seems to be about the amount of time a lot seem to wait before "handling my kids". esh.



 



I also can not stand the looks my fiance and I get when we're out with all our kids. YES we have 4 kids, YES we are young but you know what, we both work and have a great income our kids are well taken care of so do not dare judge me. Pisses me off. Yes some young families just should not have that many kids and can not take care of them but we can, do not lump me with the rest. These looks I notice too come a lot from older mom's whose kids are teenagers, jeese I wonder if they remember getting those same looks at my age when they were out with their young'uns.



 



Kids who have no respect, do not have any manners and are just down right horrible little devils. I know this is not the kids fault and I feel bad for them but I am not going to teach your child how to behave, YOU are the parent YOU do it. They will just not be allowed at my house.



 



I know a few people who I used to be friends with, they would always come up to me and ask How do you get your kids to listen? Like honestly, be the parent and set boundaries, follow through with discipline and for heaven's sake DO NOT make excuses for everything and cave in all the time. That is just annoying and gives the rest of young mom's a bad name. I am no longer friends with these people because I can not stand their kids being around mine. One would actually bring her kids here and expect me to take care of everything while she drank coffee. Ya right... go home.



 



There's a few more but I think this is long enough. =)



 



 

Kristi - posted on 05/04/2009

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My pet peeve is the parents who see their children through rose colored glasses. You know, the moms whose child can do no wrong and it's always someone else's child's fault? I spend a fair amount of time doing and saying things to my children to further their self-esteem, but a big part of that is getting them to admit their mistakes and take responsibility for their actions. I never say, "My child wouldn't do that!". I find out if they would, or did, then help them work through the situation. Moms who think their kids are perfect are in for a world of hurt when those kids become teenagers!

Anna - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting jessica:

personally, i can not stand when young mothers have children just for the fun of it then don't raise them. sending them off to everyone else to watch is not being a parent.
but thats just my opinion!


They don't have them for the fun of it....It's a teen obsession to be carrying so and so's baby!!!! It's makes my stomach turn...and yes it happend in my own family!!!



 

Jeanne - posted on 05/04/2009

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Two things really bug me: Parents who cave at the cash of the grocery store after their kid or kids have been throwing a tantrum for the past 30 minutes....why not just give in at the beginning and spare everyone else the drama. And parents who go out and are dressed to kill but their kids are filthy dirty. I know kids get dirty and spill food on themselves but if you know you are going out why not change the child before you leave or make sure you have a spare set of clothes for the child? And when I say filthy I have seen kids walk into the mall with their parents with food and dirt around their mouths and on their hands (anyone ever hear of wipes or soap and water?)

La Verne - posted on 05/04/2009

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I don't like the wild children in public either. I don't like children that hit or kick their parents. and I especially don't like to hear angry kids say " I hate you mom!" I've seen it all here in Chicago. The nicely dressed mom with raggety dressed, runny nosed kids is what upsets me most.

Loni - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Erin:

I can't stand mothers who think they know everything, or have the need to one up you. What worked for your child isn't necessarily the trick to work with mine. I am sure that whatever my issue is that yours really was 10 times worse. If there was one perfect answer there would be one book in the parenting section and no need for message boards to ask questions.



I can't stand one upers!!!!  Or moms who think my child is only doing something cause they saw their child doing it. Can't my son just be an overachiever! Another big one for me is Dad's that don't help out and leave it all on the Moms, they go out and drink with their buddies on the weekends instead of spending time with the family!

Breeze - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Sara:



Quoting Breeze:




Quoting Morag:

People who complain about being SAHM, not having freedom and having to do chores or insinuate that working mothers aren't proper mothers/bad mothers. I'd do anything to be a Stay at home mum with my girls. But we'd loose our house and the kids would go hungry as DH has just had his hours cut, if I didn't work. All I ever wanted to be was a mum, but circumstances through no fault of our own has meant we couldn't afford that. I still do the chores, still have no freedom, have to work, and I will put more effort into spending time with my kids, because I don't often get time to do it so I really appreciate every moment. And no government has to pay me to support my kids when I should be doing that as I chose to have them. Why does that make me a bad mother?







I don't think anyone believes you're a bad mother.  You're definitely providing for your children.  I think the complaints are in regards to individuals who have children as part of a "checklist".  Graduate college? Check.  Get a job? Check. Get married?  Check. Buy a house? Check. Have a baby? Check.  Children (and spouses for that matter!) are not accessories or acquisitions.  They're people.








All you ever wanted to be was a mum?  You ARE a mum!  You're making sacrifices and working both at and away from home, making sure your children are cared for, and putting in solid effort.  I'm a full-time SAHM but it's only b/c my husband's job allows for that.  As you know, time w/ children is both demanding and rewarding.  I make it clear to my kids that Daddy and I each have roles and that we need each other.  I couldn't get them what they need w/ out Daddy's paycheque and he couldn't work and go to school w/ out my "free" quality childcare, housekeeping and organization.  I applaud you for doing your best and giving your best to your family.  No one could expect any more.










This is off topic, but what do you mean having children as part of a "checklist"?  I did all those things in that exact order, but it's because those were my goals and i certainly don't think of my child as an "accessory".  I just wanted to have a stable life before I had a child, and to me that meant going to college, starting my career, getting married, buying a house and then having a kid.  I'm just confused by your comments....





I sent you a PM.  My apologies if I offended anyone.  That wasn't my intention. 



I am acquainted w/ some people who made all the material acquisitions, therefore "having a baby" was next on their "to-do" list for life.  Now they're unhappy w/ the "inconveniences" involved in raising a child.



A stable environment is definitely important.  I only meant that children are little people.  We can quit a job and move out of a house.  We can completely ignore our degree and choose to work in another field.  Sometimes, divorce must become an option.  Adults, for the most part, can care for themselves.  Children are dependent.  They are cute and fun but also require work and responsibility.  It's sad when people have them expecting the former and resenting the latter.

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1] Parents who think that common sense rules don't apply to their children - appropriate clothing, car seats, please and thank yous, simple manners, keeping kids on a schedule, homework done on time etc.

2] Parents who think they have to be friends with their children, instead of the adult in charge, and actually excuse their child's behavior. So they tell the teacher Jonny can't do math because they never could. Or Johnny beat his sister because he was having a bad day.

3] Parents who forget they are the children's first and best teachers: So if you don't want your kids to swear, lie, cheat, steal, be disrespectful, sleep around, or come home drunk etc then don't model that behavior.

4] Parents who have issues that don't deal with them. If you have past family issues - toxic parenting, alcoholism, drug abuse, boundary issues - have the courage to go deal with your problems and break the cycle of bad parenting.

5] Parents who when they see another parent or family falling deeper into a hole, gossip, do nothing, say I told you so - instead of getting them help.

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moms or dads who are always saying if you do that one more time im gonna put ou in time out then they dont, then they wonder why the child doesnt stop. BECAUSE YOU DIDNT FOLLOW THROUGH!!! lol

And kids without proper attire like touques or sun hats and so on

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I hate seeing a parent dressed like it is 20 degrees and the baby is wearing a onesie. I cant stand seeing a baby drinking pop from a bottle. I cant stand leashes, children are not dogs nor should they be treated like them. I know sometimes your little one wants to walk around, but there is a time and a place for everything let them walk at home if you have to go out then use a stroller, if you want to let them walk stay home, go to the park, take a walk...

Sara - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Breeze:



Quoting Morag:

People who complain about being SAHM, not having freedom and having to do chores or insinuate that working mothers aren't proper mothers/bad mothers. I'd do anything to be a Stay at home mum with my girls. But we'd loose our house and the kids would go hungry as DH has just had his hours cut, if I didn't work. All I ever wanted to be was a mum, but circumstances through no fault of our own has meant we couldn't afford that. I still do the chores, still have no freedom, have to work, and I will put more effort into spending time with my kids, because I don't often get time to do it so I really appreciate every moment. And no government has to pay me to support my kids when I should be doing that as I chose to have them. Why does that make me a bad mother?





I don't think anyone believes you're a bad mother.  You're definitely providing for your children.  I think the complaints are in regards to individuals who have children as part of a "checklist".  Graduate college? Check.  Get a job? Check. Get married?  Check. Buy a house? Check. Have a baby? Check.  Children (and spouses for that matter!) are not accessories or acquisitions.  They're people.






All you ever wanted to be was a mum?  You ARE a mum!  You're making sacrifices and working both at and away from home, making sure your children are cared for, and putting in solid effort.  I'm a full-time SAHM but it's only b/c my husband's job allows for that.  As you know, time w/ children is both demanding and rewarding.  I make it clear to my kids that Daddy and I each have roles and that we need each other.  I couldn't get them what they need w/ out Daddy's paycheque and he couldn't work and go to school w/ out my "free" quality childcare, housekeeping and organization.  I applaud you for doing your best and giving your best to your family.  No one could expect any more.






This is off topic, but what do you mean having children as part of a "checklist"?  I did all those things in that exact order, but it's because those were my goals and i certainly don't think of my child as an "accessory".  I just wanted to have a stable life before I had a child, and to me that meant going to college, starting my career, getting married, buying a house and then having a kid.  I'm just confused by your comments....

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it really bugs me when I kid is walking around with a pacifier (nuk, binky) hanging out of their mouth, I'm already trying to break my 6month old of the habit of having one. The leash thing bugs me also.

Shelly - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Helen:

bad teenage mums (sorry to all the good young mums) standing around in the cold smoking with their mates while the babies scream



Helen,



  Did you ever stop to think that maybe that baby had been screaming for awhile and those parents need to walk away before they lost it on the baby...I would much rather have them out there smoking than laying hands a thier child because they are at thier wits end....Most of the pet peeves on here are common sence and some what judgemental but you are just plan flat judging this mom I'm guessing b/c you are anti-smoking and has nothing to do with the screaming child!!!  Just b/c she was doing something that you don't approve of doesn't make it wrong for her and thank God she walk out side to smoke and wasn't sitting there holding her screaming child with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth...

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judge other parents for their choices. thats my problem with parents.every parent needs to make choices for their children. until youve walked in their shoes, dont judge.

Missy - posted on 05/04/2009

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One thing that annoys me is when a parent tries to stop a bad behavior by telling their child, "I'm going to count to three!"

Breeze - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Morag:

People who complain about being SAHM, not having freedom and having to do chores or insinuate that working mothers aren't proper mothers/bad mothers. I'd do anything to be a Stay at home mum with my girls. But we'd loose our house and the kids would go hungry as DH has just had his hours cut, if I didn't work. All I ever wanted to be was a mum, but circumstances through no fault of our own has meant we couldn't afford that. I still do the chores, still have no freedom, have to work, and I will put more effort into spending time with my kids, because I don't often get time to do it so I really appreciate every moment. And no government has to pay me to support my kids when I should be doing that as I chose to have them. Why does that make me a bad mother?


I don't think anyone believes you're a bad mother.  You're definitely providing for your children.  I think the complaints are in regards to individuals who have children as part of a "checklist".  Graduate college? Check.  Get a job? Check. Get married?  Check. Buy a house? Check. Have a baby? Check.  Children (and spouses for that matter!) are not accessories or acquisitions.  They're people.



All you ever wanted to be was a mum?  You ARE a mum!  You're making sacrifices and working both at and away from home, making sure your children are cared for, and putting in solid effort.  I'm a full-time SAHM but it's only b/c my husband's job allows for that.  As you know, time w/ children is both demanding and rewarding.  I make it clear to my kids that Daddy and I each have roles and that we need each other.  I couldn't get them what they need w/ out Daddy's paycheque and he couldn't work and go to school w/ out my "free" quality childcare, housekeeping and organization.  I applaud you for doing your best and giving your best to your family.  No one could expect any more.

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Hope,

Yes those are pet peeves for me too but one of my biggest ones is when parents WON'T disapline there kids b/c they would rather be thier friend rather than thier parents...I figure my boys have enough friends there dad and I are the only parents they have!!!

Sara - posted on 05/04/2009

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An older child that has a pacifier or a sippy cup (where it's obviously not age appropriate) really bugs me. To me, that's just laziness on the parents part. Also, when you're out to dinner at like 9pm, or at the store at 11pm, and you see people out with their small children. I don't believe in keeping kids up late just so you can have a social life or run errands, babies need sleep.

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Wow! You opened a door of opportunity. This could be a long list for some people. AS wel all know none of us are perfect, which makes our children not perfect, but my biggest pet peeve is when parents let there children be the boss. Children need boundaries, but I have come across some parents that literally let there children walk all over them so they don't have to fight or argue over something.

Also I know where some moms are coming from in regards to child care. I deal with that every day. It drives me nuts. Then there are the parents that feel they don't have to pay if there child stays home at the last minute. Parents should be thankful they have care for there children not take advantage of it.

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the same those that can not control there children in shops.lettin them run and shout about the place knockin stuff over it drives me mad.

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Just today in my apt. complex my husband and I saw a little boy playing outside, he had to be about 4 or 5, in a diaper and t-shirt (no pants at all). We live in WA and it was raining. Not a hard rain but pretty cold. Not only this but there were no adults to be seen at all. I am not a mom yet, just 7 months pregnant, but I thought this was just crazy.

Arwen - posted on 05/03/2009

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I don't know about everyone else here, but in Louisiana, there are many people that think proper discipline is a slap to the back of the head and the liberal use of the "F" word. That drives me nuts!

I used to hate people to not watch their own kids, and it would fall on me to keep them out of harm's way. I solved that problem by getting in the parent's face about it. Once a few years back, I was working at a store, and I see this strange kid sitting on top of a shelf and knocking things off. I went to get him down, he was really high, and all he did was laugh and run. All over MY department, the shelves, into customers... SoI did the only logical thing and I hid behind a shelf and ambushed the little guy. I grabbed him in a bear hug, got punched in the eye for my trouble, and hauled him up to customer service fully intending to give his parent a piece of my mind. And then I find out his mother worked there.... And she was one of my general managers. I was livid. I'm actually surprised I kept my job after all I told her come to think on it.

So far parents only try that one time with me. Life is too short to put up with that crap.

Sabra - posted on 05/03/2009

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Quoting Joy:



Quoting Paula:

I agree with the one with the wild children in the store. Drives me nuts. I also cant stand the ones that have the harness and the leash one the children, what are they dogs? If you cant watch your children better than that you have a problem. I realize children can be very quick but come on. Also I dont care much for the term "kids". They are not goats!






I used to say the same thing about the leashes.  I thought "HOW HORRIBLE!  They're KIDS!  Not dogs!"  And then I went to a theme park with a friend of mine who had a chld who was old enough to walk and WANTED to walk.  In crowded areas like Disney, the leashes can be helpful in a situation like that.  The kid still gets to walk around but if they start to wander too far and the crowd is thick, at least on a leash no one can take them or they can't wander too far.  Little hands can get slippery and they can get away from us so easily.  I wouldn't use it in any other circumstance though.





I agree There are certain times where they do come in handy. Some kids just don't understand that they have to stay with their parents when they have all these new things around they have never seen and just want to play. What I hate about them though is when people start tugging on them and are practicaly dragging their own children.

Jessie - posted on 05/03/2009

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I hate it when people smoke in their cars with children, or anywhere near their children or someone else's child for that matter! And people who don't wash their hands before holding a baby. Also people who act like I'm being unreasonable if I ask them to wash their hands first. And finally people (strangers) who touch babies without asking! EW!

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Quoting Rachel:

i hate it when you see a parent being rough whilst dealing with the winges. eg: child is sooking because obviously tired, parent reefs child and shoves into stroller and tells them off then continues looking at clothing.... it makes me worrie whats it like at home for that child,









I didn't really understand any of that...what's a "winges", "sooking" and "reefs"?













I read that and made my own interpretation....I think she's talking about a shopping mom whose child is tired and sulking (sooking?) and the parent reprimands (reefs?) the child and continues shopping.  I have no clue on the winges part lol










Hi, i think rachel is an aussie cuz i understood perfectly!  Wingeing ("winges") or whining is the same meaning as "sooking" or sulking and "reefs" is a term for rough handling.






 If this makes sense!





Ooooohhhh. Yea, that makes sense. I'm from Texas so I was a little confused about the lingo. :)

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Quoting Joy:



Quoting Kate:




Quoting Rachel:

i hate it when you see a parent being rough whilst dealing with the winges. eg: child is sooking because obviously tired, parent reefs child and shoves into stroller and tells them off then continues looking at clothing.... it makes me worrie whats it like at home for that child,







I didn't really understand any of that...what's a "winges", "sooking" and "reefs"?










I read that and made my own interpretation....I think she's talking about a shopping mom whose child is tired and sulking (sooking?) and the parent reprimands (reefs?) the child and continues shopping.  I have no clue on the winges part lol






Hi, i think rachel is an aussie cuz i understood perfectly!  Wingeing ("winges") or whining is the same meaning as "sooking" or sulking and "reefs" is a term for rough handling.



 If this makes sense!

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I'm a single mom of 4, one with Down syndrome. I have way too many pet peeves to even share them with you guys...however, I'd like to comment on some of the other possts. I personally have never used a "baby leash"-but having a child with a disability, I can honestly say, that I would use one if needed. Ryan is almost 15 and pretty nonverbal, so if he gets separated from me, he cannot tell someone my name, or his own name. There are children out there that need the harness to protect themselves. In my opinion, it is no different than restraining them in a stroller or a car seat. It is to allow a bit of freedom for the child, while keeping them safe.

I also agree wholeheartedly with the mom that said 'what works for you might not work for me'-because that's how it is! Something that works for my oldest might not work on my youngest. Kids are not cookie cutter images-they are all individuals and should be treated as such!

Ok-one pet peeve is just the general lack of supervision in public places. I went recently to a local sporting event, and there were many children roaming around the dome with no adults to be seen. Anyone could have snatched them-or they could have been injured. Just a general irresponsibility, and kids having too much expected of them at too young an age.

*steps off my soapbox*

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I agree with the one with the wild children in the store. Drives me nuts. I also cant stand the ones that have the harness and the leash one the children, what are they dogs? If you cant watch your children better than that you have a problem. I realize children can be very quick but come on. Also I dont care much for the term "kids". They are not goats!






I used to say the same thing about the leashes.  I thought "HOW HORRIBLE!  They're KIDS!  Not dogs!"  And then I went to a theme park with a friend of mine who had a chld who was old enough to walk and WANTED to walk.  In crowded areas like Disney, the leashes can be helpful in a situation like that.  The kid still gets to walk around but if they start to wander too far and the crowd is thick, at least on a leash no one can take them or they can't wander too far.  Little hands can get slippery and they can get away from us so easily.  I wouldn't use it in any other circumstance though.





i totaly adree with both of you the only time i think useing leach would being in a really crowed place with lots of people cuz it would just give me a pice of mind knowing that i have a hand on my daughter no matter if she wants to walk or run or be held she can get that far and she can walk like she love

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people who let their toddlers just come up and touch my baby in her buggy !!! not blaming the child but i'd rather not have my 4 month old daughters face grabbed at !!

people who bring their dogs on a buggy walk (I am scared of dogs) it's selfish, it's a buggy walk people .....not a dog walk....now i don't want to go !!!! ha ha

and as much as i hate seeing kids being told off LOL i hate seeing parents who are too scared to tell their child no even more, and so you have to listen to some brat scream their head off, stamp their feet and throw stuff, while their wimpy parents stand they trying to reason with them in a wishy washy voice !!!!! FYI poeple you can't REALLY reason with a 1 year old, they need you to be a parent not a wimp

rant over ! xx

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