Long before Amara was ever born her Mommy had some very strong opinions on how children and parents should behave in public. I like to think that I played a role in her mindset. I think she remembers the time when as a 4 or 5 year old she was physically removed from a store – by me. She kicked and screamed the entire way to the car but it only happened once, she was a very fast learner and sitting in the car with an angry and unsympathetic Mommy while her Daddy finished the shopping wasn’t fun and I don’t think she wanted to do it a 2nd time.
Obviously, not all parents feel this strongly about how kids should behave in public. Yesterday certainly seemed to be proof of that. There were children screaming, having temper tantrums and generally making life miserable for everyone around them!
I love going shopping with Amara and her Mommy. OK, Amara and I do get a little crazy and at least once during each shopping trip Jenna has to turn to the two of us and say “Do I need to talk to you two?” but it said with love and with a giggle in her eye. We just like being silly and at least we are well behaved, unlike the children running wild in the mall yesterday while parents were completely oblivious. One child even ran by Jenna, smacked her as he went by and said “HI!”. He and his sister were playing tag in the store. They were not the only children running amuck. They were everywhere! One parent did glance over and go “hey” and then went back to her shopping as her 5 kids pulled clothes off the shelves.
Now Amara is not perfect and she does try and push the envelope sometimes. She is seven. But her Mommy has taught her you don’t run and scream and play in the store. She has been taught that if you pick something up off of a shelf to look at it that you must try your best to fold it and put it back the way you found it. If you take down something on a hanger – you must put it back neatly.
So hats off to Amara’s Mommy and Daddy for doing such a great job of teaching Amara to “act like a lady” and to be respectful of other people and their things.
This post has been linked to Say it Saturday at Family Home and Life.