So, I was at The Little Gym with Lovebug this morning. It was "bring a friend week", we didn't bring a friend. There was a little girl that brought her friend (and his mom). The little boys older sister also came. This was a class for 2-3 year olds (that Lovebug is in) and the older sister was about 7 or 8. At the beginning of class Miss Laurie told the older kids that were there that they had to sit by the wall and watch because it was a class for younger kids. One girl sat there perfectly fine throughout the whole class (her sister is a paying student). The sister of the guest sat there for about 5 minutes and that was it. During free play this older sister was up on the high bar, standing up on it and holding on to the bar higher up. One of the workers had to come in and tell her to get down. While this girl was up there, her mother was on the other side of the room not paying any attention. Now, what do you think would've happened if this girl happened to fall and get hurt?!? Of course, then it would've been the gyms fault and not the fault of the mother or the girl that didn't listen to the rules. When the mother found out that they had said something to her daughter, she looked annoyed! Ok, what the heck are you annoyed at?!? The fact that you're there AS A GUEST and not paying for it, it's a class for 2-3 year olds and you're letting your older child run around as if it's her class. Maybe it's that sense of entitlement that people these days seem to have, I really thought that was only the younger generation but apparently not.
So, is it her that's snotty for thinking she's entitled or is it me who thinks it's wrong that I pay good money to bring my child to that class and don't think people should take advantage of it who aren't paying?
And this isn't a snotty story, just sort of funny. There's a little boy in the class who likes to sit in Miss Laurie's lap at the beginning of class and at the end when we do the welcome & good-bye song. He sat there during the welcome song but for the good-bye song, some other little boy sat there. This kid threw a FIT!!! He was telling his mom it wasn't fair, to be honest I didn't hear her response but I hope she told him that it was fair because he sat there at the beginning of class and now it was someone elses turn.
Oh yes, and that reminds me of another snotty story!! During the instruction part of the class the kids were working on their monkey jumps. The good kids in the class wait their turn patiently. The kids whose parents apparently don't know how to discipline are getting in everyone elses way and trying to go over and over again. I swear that Miss Laurie is a saint and not telling the parents to control their children!
I know someone is probably thinking that they're there to have fun and they should be able to play and I totally agree. But when each child is told to wait their turn and kids just don't listen, why can't the parent get up and move them to another area of the gym. There's plenty of things to do.
So, again is it me that's snotty for thinking that a child should be taught to wait their turn or is it them for thinking that their child can go over & over again and not give the other children a chance? Hmmm...
Grief, Take 2
3 weeks ago