Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mom Pet Peeves

I'm just gonna make a list. No elaboration needed. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

  • Automatic flushing toilets (anyone who's ever been through potty training can relate)
  • Automatic faucets that don't work
  • Automatic faucets that only give out hot water (whose bright idea was that? As if it wasn't hard enough to get your kid to wash their hands in the restroom)
  • Hand dryers that scare the crap out of kids
  • High chairs in restaurants with broken buckles 
  • Booster seats in restaurants (except Cracker Barrel, theirs ROCK)
  • Servers in restaurants who decide to bring the kids their food first without asking the parents
  • Servers in restaurants who decide to bring the kid a big bowl of whipped cream because the kid is throwing a fit (yeah, that actually happened)
  • Servers in restaurants who bring food to everyone at the table EXCEPT the kids (good grief)
  • Restaurants that claim to be family friendly but have no changing facilities (I have been known to change a poopy diaper on a booth seat just to make a point)
  • Chuck E. Cheese ('nuff said)
  • Planners of public parks in hot climates (I'm in Texas) that do not put shade structures over playground equipment (sorry, but that stuff gets ridiculously hot in the summer - why don't you put some shorts on and slide and see how it feels?)
  • Public parks meant for young children that have no bathroom facilities (I know it's a lot more money, but seriously?)
  • The fact that every grocery store doesn't have a play place for kids so the moms can shop in peace (I would PAY for this)
  • People who think the peanut allergy is a fad
  • People who make fun of other people's children, especially in front of their own
  • People who don't take time to explain certain things to their children......for example, while on vacation we encountered a young man with Down's Syndrome. His case was severe. He wanted to shake my hand and I was glad to do it. He was very loud and very excited. I have been a teacher for many years and I have worked with many different children, so I wasn't afraid at all. My oldest, however, was very scared of him. I took the time to explain to her what Down's Syndrome was and that he was just happy, and that there was absolutely nothing to be afraid of. The boy's father was very thankful, and I know that he doesn't always get that kind of reaction from people, which is very sad.
  • Parents who exhibit bad manners, a lack of courtesy, rudeness, or any other inappropriate behavior in front of their children
  • Honey Boo Boo and her skank of a mother
  • And for that matter, any pageant moms
  • Parents who try to be their children's buddy instead of their parent
  • Rental car companies who try to give you a 2 door sports car when you clearly have two full size car seats (yes, I would LOVE to drive the sports car, thanks for reminding me that I am very much a mom right now)
  • Rental car companies in general
  • Flight attendants with attitudes
  • Any parent who has every taken their toddler to a movie in a theater (unless it's animated, age appropriate, and engaging) especially after bedtime
  • People who offer unsolicited parenting advice
  • Grocery baggers who put baby food in the same bag with raw meat (had to call the manager at the store about that one)
  • People who drive with small children in the front seat (children who are clearly not old enough to be sitting there)
  • Women who use public bathrooms and pee all over the toilet (or worse) and don't clean up after themselves.....seriously, girls!! There is no need to hover. And whether you do or don't, have the courtesy to turn around and make sure you didn't leave a mess. 
  • Women who use public bathrooms and WALK OUT WITHOUT WASHING THEIR HANDS. Gross. Just gross.
  • People who chew with their mouths open and talk with their mouths full of food. Again, just gross. It's hard to teach my kids that doing that is not ok when they look around and everyone is doing it. You look like cows. 
  • Daylight Savings Time
  • Delivery people who ring the doorbell during naptime even though I have a sign CLEARLY posted that says "Please Do Not Ring the Bell"
  • Random solicitors who ring the doorbell
  • Dog hair
  • Laundry
  • Misspelled, professionally printed signs.....even my oldest is starting to point them out. Yes, people, spelling matters.
  • The whole "pants around the thighs with boxers showing" trend. I mean really? What is up with that? You look like an idiot, pull your pants up.

I'm sure I'll think of more. In the meantime, I've got laundry to do.

Feel free to add your own!

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