Kids Gone Wild

I cannot tell you how much I have debated on whether or not to post this article.  I know that to some this may seem odd to post on a fashion blog; however, the instances did happen while I was at the mall either shopping or working.  I finally decided to go ahead and share these stories so that you may see another part of my personal views and my upbringing.

There are times when I am shopping at the mall that I come across some kids that are sorely lacking manners and respect for their elders.  At one particular store I was flipping through the hangers on a rounder with tops and sweaters when a kid emerged like a bat out of hell and knocked into me as he flew past.  I know I had the, “You have got to be shitting me” look on my face.  The first thought that I had was, “My mom would have beat my rear end if I pulled a stunt like that growing up.”  I still shake my head at the lack of discipline being handed out.  In a way this somewhat tells you that I am not a spring chicken (I’m not old but I’m not particularly young either).  The next thought that popped into my head was, “Where in the hell is this kids’ Momma?!”  Naturally she was all the way on the other end of the store.  She simply looked down when the kid reached her side, and then continued to shop!

I remember the days of being taught “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am” and the same courtesy was extended with “sir.”  Opening doors for anyone (younger or older) was the polite thing to do.  Of course “please” and “thank you” were drilled into our heads as well.  When I am out and about I still follow the manners that I have been taught.  A few weeks ago I held open the door for an older gentleman that was approaching and he looked at me with surprise and then smiled and said, “Thank you ma’am.”  I, of course, replied, “Your welcome sir, have a great evening.” The fact that he had a surprised look on his face saddened me a little bit.  It made me that much more aware of how kids are being brought up these days.

I’m not recommending someone beat the living daylights out of their kid, but a simple time out chair does wonders.  I remember if I acted up as a kid, my Momma would send me to my room for an hour.  It was all fine and dandy until she figured out that I was reading on my book the entire time and I didn’t see it as a punishment any longer.  That was when she would get more creative by adding to my weekly chores (I really hated dusting as a kid).  It sure sucked at the time, but I truly think it was worth it in the long run.

Another wild instance that pops into my head is when a mother and a group of her friends/relatives were in the store (that I work at part time) had two kids with them.  The adults were looking around while the two kids were running wild throughout the entire store.  The younger of the two smacked into a fixture that had a sign on it and it fell down and landed on his head.  My manager, co-worker, and I made sure the kid was okay, filled out an incident report, etc.  I have to wonder though; if the kids had been behaving and not running wild in the store, would this still have happened?  I truly don’t think so.  I feel if the kids had been better disciplined at home, this would have a smaller chance of happening.

Thank you for listening to me “vent” a little bit.  I will make sure my next article is related to shopping and fashion 😉

Until next time,

Creatures With Ink

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JKBradley
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 10:24:09

    We are becoming a society soft on discipline, not to mention the expectation of proper manners.

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