Dear Moms of Unsupervised Children at the Chick-Fil-A Play Area,
Your kids are being assholes.
Sure, I get it. You meet for lunch with your Mom-friends. You want some time to talk and kvetch without the kids, and hey, Chick-Fil-A is perfect because they have that indoor playground thingy and your kids are totally old enough to be in there on their own.
But here’s the thing: When your kids are old enough to play in a playground on their own, unsupervised, they are probably too old to be hanging out and playing at the Chick-Fil-A playground.
I am not sure if you noticed, but there are several signs at said indoor playground that recommend certain areas for kids 3 and under.
And while my 3 and unders were toddling around, climbing and having fun, your 3 and MUCH-overs were out of control, knocking other kids down, jumping where they shouldn’t be and being just plain mean.
I bit my tongue as it took every ounce of energy not to parent your children and tell them to stop, behave, and watch the little kids. Instead, I focused more on my kids, making sure they were safe, not being knocked down and having fun.
And when your kids were teasing my daughter, and she stood up for herself using her words to defend herself, I felt proud.
And when another watchful mom commended her for helping her son up stairs he wasn’t able to climb on his own, I felt proud.
And when it was time to leave, and my kids came to me, put on their shoes and said goodbye to their new friends without a fight, I felt proud.
So the next time you meet the girls for lunch to gossip and ignore your kids, remember this: In the time you spent ignoring your kids so they could run rampant and piss off the Moms not ignoring their kids, I learned 3 little lessons about mine that will make me feel proud for a lifetime.
A Mom with a blog, an iPhone and a passive aggressive stare that will shame you