Maybe I’m just getting old, but it drives me nuts when young children exhibit rotten behavior and their parents do nothing about it. I was at a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday when a young girl (maybe 5 or 6) seated in front of me was turning around and whispering/gesturing to her friend seated behind me. I understand the service is long and it is hard for kids to be perfect 100% of the time, but not once did her parents (seated on either side of her) attempt to get her to sit still and face forward. This went on throughout the entire service. I didn’t know them and said nothing for fear of finding myself seated with them at the reception! I also thought it would be rude to get up and move during the service, especially since the temple was fairly crowded.
A few weeks earlier at a middle school band concert, a couple of kids were running around in front of the stage DURING the performance. The band teacher had to say something between songs and they still kept going. Finally the Superintendent got up and walked them back to their seats. These were not toddlers…I’m talking about 7 or 8 year old kids here!
This seems to happen everywhere…kids who kick the seat in front of them on an airplane (always my husband’s seat!)…kids who bounce around on the booth seats in a restaurant when you’re seated on the adjoining seat…etc. etc. I understand that kids are kids and I don’t really blame them - it’s the parents who don’t even attempt to help their kids understand the difference between a playground and any other environment where rules for behavior are different. The prevailing attitude seems to be that they are too young to comprehend the concept.
Am I too intolerant and over the edge on this? I have two teenagers, so it isn’t as if I haven’t been on the other side of things.