A supercool dad's Facebook post went viral, in which he describes an interaction he had with a "moron" at a Wal-Mart recently. Apparently, the dad and his little boy, Sam, were standing in the checkout line when Sam asked if he could have the Sofia the First DVD, which was on display nearby. The moron -- Dad's words, not mine (though I'd use that word, too) -- then decided to interject himself into the father-son conversation in order to tell Sam that Sofia the First is a "girl" movie, and it might make him grow up to be "funny". Dad, understandably, didn't like a complete stranger attempting to instill such an idiotic belief in his son, so he put the guy in his place. Here's a screenshot of the Facebook post that describes their interaction:
Complete ignorance of this man aside, I'd like to know when it became okay to "momentary parent" a complete stranger's child. Just the other night, I witnessed a checkout woman in Home Depot scold a 3-year-old boy for attempting to run away from his mom (and by "run away", I mean "run five feet away"). The kid had already gotten a talking-to by his parents. Why this woman felt the need to interject herself into what was obviously a family issue was beyond me. If a child is doing something that could potentially put himself or another in harm's way, yes, of course, get involved. But scolding a random child in a store or telling them that a princess DVD is going to make them "funny" isn't anyone's business but the parent's.
Are some kids annoying? That would be a "yes". Just as we all probably were when we were younger. But here's the thing about other people's kids: You don't have to go home with them at the end of the night. By no means am I one of those people who thinks their children should be able to do whatever they want, whenever they want to, but if you have a problem with something a child is doing -- a real problem, not an aversion to their choice in movies -- talk to the parent. It probably won't go over well. But it's certainly more appropriate than talking to the kid.
Has anyone ever tried to "parent" your kid?