I just had to post about this because it left me dumbfounded. Yesterday, Farrah and I went out for breakfast at our local Patty's Eggnest. I've eaten there before so I knew I was in store for some deliciousness and crappy coffee. Well, part of the reason I take Farrah out from time to time on our little dates is to teach her proper "restaurant behavior" or public behavior, in general. For the most part, she's wonderfully behaved. It's actually something I'm proud of. Sometimes, however, she needs a lil' work. So, she had one of those days where the booster seat became a rocking chair, her spoon became her microphone, and 2 minutes into the meal it was time to go potty. The thing that drives me the craziest is when she's out of her seat and not minding me. I tell her to get in her seat in a manner which is gently threatening and to the point. Sometimes I'm lucky and she takes me seriously and sometimes she pushes me to see how far she can take it before I give her the look of "I'M GOING TO KILL YOU!!!" So, our breakfast lasted about 20 minutes so we could get out and head home. When we went up to the register to pay, no one was there to take our money right away so we waited. While waiting, Farrah grew impatient and wanted to climb on a stool, grab at things, and touch everything around. At this same time, I was doing the whole "Honey, don't touch that. Honey, get down. Farrah, do NOT make me ask you again. Farrah did I just tell you to not touch that?" Finally, I had had enough. I leaned down face to face with her, and began explaining that she needed to mind me and keep her hands to herself, when our waitress who also was the person taking the money walked up and interrupted me by saying, "Oh honey, it's okay. You're being a REALLY good girl. And GOOD girls get a prize for being SO well behaved. Here, pick out a little toy for being SO GOOD."
My eyes went so big and almost popped out of my mother-lovin' eyes. I could feel my hands start to shake and smoke come out of my ears. Unfortunately, it is in my nature (for some god-awful reason) to keep my mouth shut and not making a scene. I'm not a fan of conflict, especially public conflict (which is why I think Farrah pushes me).
This woman gave me a freakin' smug look without actually looking me in the eyes. She interfered with my parenting and I wanted to smack her in the face for it. She put me on the spot as if I was one of those women who drag their screaming child around the grocery store by the arm. I try my best to keep Farrah behaving, and not acting out on my kid like a psycho. But when someone wants to interrupt my JOB as a mother, I wanted to scratch her god damn eyes out. While the food is great at that restaurant, I'll be ordering out from now on.
I vowed early on (in 2006) that I would NOT be raising an asshole. I struggle from time to time when my 4 year old acts like a 14 year old and I know a big part of it is my own fault, but I'm doing my best. I can do better, but if someone who doesn't know me OR MY DAUGHTER, can take their opinions and stick it up their ass.