Today's topic is pet peeves, and although I have many, my number one pet peeve is parents that don't correct their kids when they are rude.
Here's a prime example:
We took Mini to a children's museum yesterday. She was playing in one of the play areas, when a boy walked up and took the toy she had right out of her hand. I glanced to his mother, who was standing nearby staring right at him and Mini. I waited for her to correct his behavior and tell him that he was being rude, but she never uttered a word. She just stood there with a blank look on her face.
I took it upon myself to intervene and correct him. Was it my place to do so? Maybe not. But I wasn't about to stand by and do nothing.
He ended up waking away and finding another toy. I don't really blame the kids when they are that young. He only looked to be around 4 or 5 years old. I blame the parents. Especially when they are STANDING RIGHT THERE.
I wish that was the only example I had of a parent failing at teaching proper behavior, sadly it's not. I've encountered it more than I care to admit.
It never ceases to amaze me either. And it never ceases to get under my skin.