One of the things I love to do with my kids that doesn’t break the bank is taking my kids to the play area at the mall. It’s a great place for my two boys to run, play and get that energy out! There’s many stay-at-home moms sitting in the play area chasing our kids around, making sure our kids are being nice, and facilitating a fun environment for all. Then there’s those that think the play area is some kind of day care where they drop off their kids and spend the rest of the time on their cell phones. It’s those parents whose kids tell my kids that they can’t play there because they’re not part of the “club.” There’s a parenting society dilemma that needs to be addressed. I take that time to parent those kids and tell them that it’s:
- Not nice to exclude others
- They can make new friends by playing with everyone
- They must share the play area with everyone
Would you do what I did or would you say nothing?
Parenting Society Dilemma
I published an article on Kids Safety Network recently about a woman that was torn between her decision to say something or let it go. In short, she confronted three teenage girls gossiping inside a Starbucks by buying them drinks and writing them a short note. Her parenting moment sparked a debate that went viral on her blog as well as Facebook.
Comments like “mind your own business” resonated with me. A thought came into my mind,
“Had she not said anything, would we find later these same three girls were responsible for bullying that resulted in another young girl taking her life?”
Whether they realized its’ importance, this small event in time changed those girls, and Michelle, in some way.
So where do we draw the line between speaking up and keeping it to ourselves?
Sometimes I wonder what this world would be like had we stopped trying to mind our own business. I know I wouldn’t be where I am now had no one decades before me found their voice to stand up for what is right. Having a blog of my own is a testament to what people decades before me did to bring me right here. We change our future every single day but being kind to one another is the smallest step in moving mountains of problems in our society today. It’s time to stop living inside our own personal bubbles and be kind, show respect, and love one another because our generation and generations to come depend on it.
Tell me what you think about this parenting society dilemma? Would you say something? If so, what would you say? If not, tell me why not! I would love to hear from you!
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