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Mar 16, 2008

Where a kid can be a kid

This morning I had the pleasure of attending a birthday party. And witnessing the joys of a father berating his three year old for not enjoying his big day. He forced his son to take pictures- trying to get him to smile by threatening him, tossing him roughly (albeit not abusively, per se) into his seat so that his friends and family could sing to him, chiding him, scolding him, and telling him to "buck up, man". All the while, his son was, of course, alternating between crying and tantrums. Hmmm, wonder why??? That kind of bullying "makes him a man" kind of parenting makes crazy. The rest of the guests, including the mother didn't bat an eye. Must be commonplace.

I couldn't stop watching the scene. Lovely. I was thankful it wasn't the party my daughter was attending.

I just love C*huck *e* C*heese. All the noise, kids running, lights, music, tall dancing creatures and videos. They have music videos featuring the big mouse himself. Who would've known?

Never, please never, will I host a party there. I know the kids love it and, well, that's about all I could come up with, the kids love it- and that's good enough, I suppose. We are happy to attend and I am happy to leave.

Tomorrow, I respond to a dare.


Anita Ann said...

I have seen that a lot there. I wonder if parents take into consideration their kids sleepy times when scheduling these events. I can't see how a 3 year old boy is supposed to be a man, I mean really...he should be a child. Maybe that's just me.

elena jane said...

i hate CEC...will not go there, will not send kids there for parties....
poor baby!!

MommyNay said...

Im with you!

MommyNay said...

Im with you!