What would YOU do?

on Sep 30, 2011 @ 10:13 am

Although this is meant to be funny, something about this commercial has managed to really scare me.  What if I end up with a kid like that?  How do I handle it?  Short of leaving him in a basket on the doorstep of the farthest orphanage and running away?

Here's what I'm talking about:  monster child

What would you do?  How would you handle this and how exactly would you fix it?

6 Replies

@Becky on Sep 30, 2011 @ 10:35 am

Hahaha- I love that you are scarred by this commercial and the commercial is actually for condoms and preventing pregnancy- I guess it is doing it's job then!

I actually LOVE this commercial, I have seen it before and I will actually go on youtube looking for it when I need a laugh. I've never been particularly maternal and I've never had that feeling of wanting kids so maybe that's why I like it so much- does that sound bad?

Anyways, I think there is always a special bond between child and mother and even if your kid was a total brat, you'd still love them! I think you just need to be confident in your mothering abilities and know that you'd never have a horrible child because you'd raise them up right!

Well... on Sep 30, 2011 @ 10:43 am

I have rambunctious kids. Some of you may already know this ;)

I have never experienced this level of misbehaviour though. This is an extreme case, and I think you should not worry that this would be your fate. Most parents do their best job to raise respectful children, and when you see these kinds of freakouts at the store - even when childless people are tsk-tsking away - know that this is generally an exception, not the rule.

There are some kids who are out of control all of the time (or nearly). That could be anything from poor parenting to a medical issue - both of which can be dealt with.

Those rare kids who are wonderfully behaved all of the time are not necessarily the product of perfect parenting (though I will admit there are some really amazing parents out there who probably get it right most of the time) but of a laid-back personality ON THE KID'S PART.

If I were in that situation, I would have picked up my child and walked out of the store. I would put them in the car and let him/her bellow him/herself hoarse, then drive home and put them down for a nap.

A lot of people talk about "putting your kids in a situation where they can succeed". For me, this generally means that we don't go to high end restaurants. Not because they are so badly behaved, but because they want to eat chicken fingers and grilled cheese sandwiches. If I offer them a mini bison burger with tooty-frooty toppings, they will fuss - so why even make that an option? I could think of a million other examples.

The bottom line for me is this: be realistic in my expectations and be situationally aware. Am I stacking the deck by making certain choices? Should we have a pre-game meeting before leaving the house? What is my exit strategy? If I can satisfactorily answer each of these questions, it's generally a good outing with minimal stress and minimal naughtiness.

Don't worry too much about the future - you never know what it will bring! Just live in the present and roll with the punches :)

some kids do that on Oct 03, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

my mom has had to deal with a kid who did that years ago. must i say it? yes me. anyway what she did was drag our buts out of the store put us in the car drive home and make us go in our room. she wouldnt let us play though she would take all our toys out of the room and make us lay in the bed. when she let us up she would not let us watch tv or play with friends and would not give us back our toys for days. it really straightened me out for those such fits but my sisters did similar things and got the same

Don't be scared Becky on Oct 04, 2011 @ 10:10 am

Not all kids end up like this, it all depends on how you
bring them up and a little commonsense. Never try and shop with a baby, or a
young child that is tried, or hungry. Make sure they have had they're nap and
have been feed before you even attempt to go shopping with them, no matter what
your shopping for. If this still happens stop what you’re doing and take them
to your car until they return to normal. Then explain to them why they are in
the car, why they aren't getting what they want and how wrong it is to act like
that, if they are old enough to understand that is. If they continue to act up,
just take them home and put them in they're room until they relies they don't
want to be there any longer then have a talk with them. I never had any trouble
with my boy's like this. Yes they would ask me for things, but they never had a
fit when I would say no. What ever you do don't tell them if you be good you
can have something, never ever give into them. Ounce you do they will pull that
on you every time you take them shopping and it will become a nightmare every
time you take your kids with you. Myself I've only seen this happen to others
about three times over the years. One lady just completely ignored her son and
let him scream and throw things all over the place like nothing was even
happening. How she could stand it I don't know. Another just gave in and gave
her kid what ever it was they wanted and put back something she had in her
cart. But the last one took her daughter out side and I never saw her again
while I was in the store. It all depends on how you bring your kids up and how
you handled the situation when it does come up. All kids will try and test you;
they’re trying to see just how far they can push you before you brake. It's up
to us to be the adult and not give in just to quiet them down. Don't forget Becky, when you do have a baby you can always ask us for help when you need it. Don't be scared.


True!! on Oct 04, 2011 @ 02:46 pm

Hey girls thanks for all the responses! I know this video was really meant to be funny, but... you know. Scary too, especially to those of us sans kids!

mamaluv, I especially love what you said "A lot of people talk about "putting your kids in a situation where they can succeed"....." So true! And I like how you said you would take the child out of the scenario, strap them into the car and let them scream themselves hoarse and then take 'em home and put 'em to bed. Much better than what this father did!

I'm over thinking it. I know exactly what to do if ever I chose to have a child: Ask mom! And there's always you girls here ;-)

Here's another hilarious commercial on Oct 06, 2011 @ 07:58 am

Speaking of putting the child in the car and letting them scream it out:


I love this commercial!

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