Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

I'm a hoverer and am always shocked at the number of kids who are carrying on without any obvious parental supervision. And I know my position is shaped by having a kid who needs some help and guidance in social situations--but I've seen plenty of neurotypical kids who obviously needed a responsible adult overseeing them.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yes, there are TONS of NT kids who really need constant adult supervision. Three year old kids, for instance, who shouldn't be bouncing around in a moon bounce filled with older kids. Plus, you have to hover a bit as a parent, I think, in those situations because you never know when something might happen--a pushing match, or an ugly exchange of words, or real physical harm.


beck's picture beck

Yeah, we try to avoid places like that, too. SO many parents we know seem to be eager to do as little actual parenting as possible. Lazy freaking jerks.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

And inflatables just aren't the safest of things, either, are they?


MommaT's picture MommaT

I can't believe that Mom said something about the delay her child had to "suffer." Give me a break!

That's cool that your place offers ammenities for parents but good grief, it only causes them to ignore their kids. I will never understand how parents don't watch their children, especially in places like bouncy places. We've only been to bouncy places for birthday parties so at least it's a "controlled" chaos. I hover and watch my son as well as his friends. But most of the parents are well positioned throughout the room watching everyone's kids. Thank goodness.

The most annoying "ignored" child situation I've encountered was at my son's dentist. Yes, the dentist! A Mom came in with her young son (I'm guessing 1 or 2); the little boy didn't have shoes on and was carrying a bag of cheetos. Cheetos, at the dentist? Food, at the dentist? I'm not getting it?! So the Mom spends most of the time on her blackberry, ignoring the kid as his wipes his grubby little cheeto hands on a mirror, pulls on curtains, and finally finds a wall lamp. I couldn't stand it and pointed him out to her and she made him stop pulling on the lamp. No biggie, he found that he could push on the not-so-stable TV and get away with it. Even my 3yo son started telling him not to do things.

It was very stressful and I was glad to finally be called back to get worked on.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Oh, I'm cringing at the thought of food at the dentist. Ugh--and Cheetos at that!