Thursday, June 28, 2007

Our trip to the zoo, and why some people shouldn't be allowed to have kids...

Went to the zoo with my mom and the kids yesterday. It was lots of fun! We took the train, which is always an adventure. Now to the reason for the title of this post. On our way back home from the zoo, there was this lady on the train with us. She had a little boy, 15 months old. Now, let me say that I understand allowing kids to explore their surroundings. But this mom was taking the concept of freedom for little kids a little too far. Her son was crawling all over the place, which was fine. On his way around the train, he also came by the door. The train stopped, someone opened the door to get out, and the little guy immediately made a run for it. I instinctively jumped up and got the little man. I thought maybe the mom just hadn't noticed him escape, and figured she'd watch him a little more closely from then on. Welll, watch him she did. Once again, the train stopped, and he headed for the door. The mom was watching him, but wasn't getting up. People had to step over the kid to get out. She called his name and told him it wasn't time to change trains yet, and asked him to come back (keep in mind the boy's just over a year old). The little escape artist didn't even think about turning around, and kept going for the door. A man who had just gotten off the train actually turned around and scooted the child back in! That's when the mom finally decided to get up and get him. I about had a heart attack. Not only had the kid all but crawled off the train, but there's actually a gap between the train and the station, about 8 inches or so, that he could have easily fallen through! Talk about neglect... She was just sitting there, watching him head out, without moving. And it wasn't like she was just some crazy lady who was stupid. She looked pretty educated to me, was probably in her mid to late 30's. I'm sure her parenting philosophy is somewhere along the lines of supporting a child's need to explore the environment, not setting too many boundaries, that kind of thing. Which I agree with, but there is a line, you know. When it comes to safety, a parent HAS TO set boundaries, even if that means physically restraining the child. Like, you know, getting up to pick up your child so he doesn't crawl off the train... Yikes!

1 comment:

scienceteachermommy said...

Jeff and I used to work with a girl who said that people should have to pass some kind of test before they are allowed to reproduce.