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“Those Kids” Were All Mine Today

February 11, 2009

You know what I am talking about. You’ve been out at the park or play area or anywhere in public and you’ve seen “those kids.” The ones who are screaming, whining, fussing, temper tantrumming, hitting and generally being unruly.

I am very fortunate in that my kids are not usually “those kids.” In fact the reason I take them in public is they usually act better out in the world than they do at home! But today was a different story. We went to an indoor play place on base called The Jungle Zone. It’s just been remodeled and is free for this first month that it’s open. They’ve got stuff to climb on, mats to jump on, a huge barrel to roll in, you know the kind of place.

There were probably 12 kids in there playing. There really wasn’t a lot of screaming or whining. The Big One and Little One did great for the first hour. I don’t know if they got tired or what was going on. They were doing great taking turns in this giant inflatable wheel thing. They were sitting in it and I was rolling them back and forth.

I guess they just hit their wall. They started pushing each other, hitting each other, screaming and causing a scene. Okay, I am self-conscious enough about the size of my butt, I do NOT need fighting children to draw any more attention to us.

After giving the Big One three warnings that if she didn’t knock it off we were going home. She continued to push the Little One out of the wheel. So I said fine, that’s it, we are going home. Then the real drama started.

The Big One started screaming and kicking and freaking out. Now everyone was watching us. It really took everything I had to remain calm. I was so mad that she was being so naughty. I was embarrassed that everyone was watching us and I was sad that their fun was coming to a very abrupt end.

I told her to get up and go get her shoes on. She refused. Then I had to help her up. Thank God she complied with a little help. I did not want to have to carry her kicking and screaming across the whole play area to where our shoes were. I got her shoes on and then went to gather the Little One. Following her sister’s lead, she screamed, kicked and freaked out. Of course she is little enough, I just carried her. I put her shoes on.

Now I still need to put my shoes on – note to self: wear slip-on shoes next time- As I was getting my shoes on, the Big One was still screaming and the Little One kept getting up to go back and play. Yes everyone was still watching us.

Okay, y’all when I see “those kids” I do not gawk. I try to catch the mom’s eye and then give her the sympathetic nod that says “I am sorry. I’ve been there too.” No such luck today, they all just stared at us and I think were wanting us to leave as quickly as possible. There is something about one kid crying that leads to another that leads to another.

The only person who was sympathetic was the young girl working there. She smiled and said she hoped to see us again. Fat chance that will happen.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. KAren permalink
    February 11, 2009 2:47 pm

    oohh…so sorry….no fun

  2. February 11, 2009 4:56 pm

    You poor thing! My kids are always “those kids”. I feel your pain.

  3. February 11, 2009 9:52 pm

    Oh I feel for you too. Lately those kids are always mine too. Especially with the more play dates we go too. We have all had those days, and it seems to me you did amazing. Those other moms obviously forget days like that, or they don’t have them and are in for a rude awaking someday soon.

  4. fixitmommy permalink*
    February 12, 2009 8:23 am

    Thanks, Ladies!
    Samantha they can’t always be that way? They have to sleep sometimes, right? 🙂

  5. February 12, 2009 8:27 am

    Eeek. I’m sorry. 😦 *makes mental note to self to leave indoor play places after one hour of fun*

  6. February 12, 2009 8:51 am

    Dude. I feeeeeel you! My kids are so much better outside of the house I am ridiculously smug about it! Except those days when they are NOT. And Miss Lil has to fight getting into carts. And Liam has to push and shriek and waiiiiiiil. Oh dear cod. I’m not so smug those days.

    Though it’s better being out than in because if they are acting THAT insane in public? At home I’d probably quietly sneak off the 3rd floor porch!

  7. February 12, 2009 12:57 pm

    LOL, that’s awful! I feel your pain… Linds is usually happy to go shopping, she even asks to go (LOL, what have I done?!), but sometimes, man oh man, I just 🙂

    Today was kind of an iffy day, she was content to go from place to place as long as it was a store she ~wanted~ to go to… Trader Joes? Not so much… LOL, oh well, we only tortured everyone for about 5 minutes. All in all, not bad! 😛

  8. February 12, 2009 4:55 pm

    Every kid is that kid once in awhile. It’s usually when you least expect it.

  9. fixitmommy permalink*
    February 17, 2009 9:45 am

    So funny! Thanks for all the support. It’s nice to know I am not alone in this adventure!

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