This past October, I was on a plane for 8 hours returning from the most wonderful European vacation of all time. After being seated, a family unit of about 100 members came to sit all around us. There was a baby, a mom, a dad, a grandparent, some weird uncle and a 3 year old, who wouldn’t stop crying. It was my flying worst nightmare. Not only did she not stop crying, but her family did nothing to stop her. Not once. The odd time they’d say ‘look at papa’, but that didn’t stop her. She just cried and cried and kicked and cried and they acted like this was totally normal. What’s that all about?
How were they so oblivious to the situation is beyond me. And the fact that they didn’t once try to get their obnoxious child to stop crying coupled with the complete lack of regard they seemed to have for the other flyers was like nothing I’ve seen before. She wasn’t sick. She wasn’t hurt. She just didn’t want to be seated. All I know is that when I was a kid, that $hit didn’t fly. Nope. I had to be on my best behaviour in public. I couldn’t be a little jerk. I felt so sorry for the child’s teacher – who wasn’t there but I’m sure exists. Because not only was this kid crying, but she was throwing things, and kicking my seat repeatedly. I wanted to use my deepest voice and put my finger in the kids face while saying ‘what do you think you’re doing?’ But, I couldn’t, because it wasn’t my kid.
I hated her parents. I still hate her parents.
- Tell them to be quiet. This one isn’t that hard. Just use your words.
- Tell them to stop crying. This also isn’t that hard. Just use your words.
- Tell them that you’re about to get angry if they don’t stop crying.
- Ask them what their problem is. Then solve it if you can, or trick them with something else.
- Distract them with candy.
- Whatever you do, if your kid is bothering everyone around them, at least make an attempt to stop them. Don’t just let them infuriate everyone near by. If anything, if you at least try, it will cause everyone around you to feel sorry for you rather than hate you. Go for pity.
And for the love of god, enough of this ‘asking your kids to do things.’ They are kids and they need to be told, because kids don’t know anything. That’s why we are here to tell them either to do, or not do certain things. And if they act up, don’t respond or do exactly what you asked them not to do, punish them. Like for real punish them.