Skip to main content


In the past week or so I have overheard three different things out of parents mouths that both shocked and hurt me, not to mention their kids.

The first was uttered by a mom at the pool where we stayed on vacation (I'll be working on that post). Her very pretty 5 - 6 year old daughter had been playing with another, slightly older girl. I mentioned to Pop Rocks that the older girl was being a bully to the younger girl. It should also be noted that the majority of the time we were in the pool (about 20 minutes) the younger girls mom was not there, just the older girls parents. Well when the mom got back the older girl got in trouble for being mean. We had gotten out of the pool to dry off by this point and the younger girl was alone in the pool. Well when you are 5 or 6 being in the pool alone is no fun, so she asked her mom if they could go home. The mom says to the girl, "You need to swim around and exercise because you need to lose weight." I looked at Pop Rocks and told him we needed to leave right then. I feel kinda guilty for not sticking up for the sweet girl, but I didn't want to get into a fight.

The second incident happened at one of the two zoos I have been too in the last week. We had been in zync with a family of three rambunctious boys. There we were looking at an empty Cougar cage (it was hot and the cat was inside, but you had to figure that out yourself) when I heard quiet. The dad asks what some of the Cougar's other names are and there is no response. The dad calls the oldest (and loudest one) by name and asks him to read the first paragraph aloud so he can answer the question. The boy did so, but I could not even hear the words as we walked closer by. The kid had shame written across his face and it hurt. I told Pop Rocks, lets not be those parents one day.

The third incident involved a parent calling their kid stupid. The tone cut me through like a knife. It was harsh and painful to hear. 

I hope that those kids are all okay when they grow up. I know that the parents weren't meaning to hurt them, but I can see how these things if a common practice could hurt the kids. I realize I'm not a parent, but I like  kids and I don't want any of them to be hurt, beyond mending.

Have you ever been in a similar situation? How did you handle it?


Popular posts from this blog

How to Complain

After yesterday's post, I though I should provide something a little more helpful to my readers. Here are some tips I've developed from answering customer service calls and emails from time to time. You may have some other extremely helpful tips, feel free to leave them in the comments so we can all benefit!
Be Specific. This is definitely my number one tip. If you aren't specific it means that the person on the other end doesn't know details that can be used to rectify the situation. Also, the more details you provide the more credibility you lend to the situation. If it is a reoccurring incident call each time it happens. From a customer service standpoint, we would rather rectify the situation now than find about it in two days when it has happened two more times.Don't Rant, Yell, or Scream. Tell someone you would like to complain and then do it with a cool head. This may mean that you need to write an email complaint versus getting on the phone. Keep in mind th…

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

I'm a big fan of Katherine Reay's work. Her stories are entertaining and deep. I took this a book to read on the beach, but I couldn't put it down and spent time reading instead of beaching. Lizzy and Jane are sisters. Estranged by the past and living on different coasts when Jane is diagnosed with cancer. Lizzy returns home for a visit and they struggle to reconnect in ways that will help heal. 

You can trust Reay to take you on an emotional journey with her books and Lizzy and Jane did not disappoint. The characters are real with their own passions, struggles and flaws. Their family is fractured, but the hope they have for rebuilding is alive. 

I loved this book and I think you will too. My only complaint was that it eventually ended.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Hi, Sweetums! I should warn you that I'm about to gush!

I just finished The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan. To say it was unputdownable is an understatement.

Cornell college student Bex Porter decides to do an exchange program at Oxford one semester and when she arrives on campus who should open the door to her new life but Steve Prince Nick. Bex didn't come to Oxford in hopes of finding love, she came for the adventure and the art. What she finds instead is something so much more.

Let me start by saying that I love princess books. From The Princess Diaries to The Runaway Princess to the Royal Wedding Series, I can't get enough.

The Royal We did not disappoint with its lively and well developed characters. It's British backdrop and truthful narrator gave it the feel of having a chat with your bestie over a cup of tea. I stayed up late and got up early so that I could keep reading. I didn't want this book to end. But it didn't disappoint, even until…