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Approximately 300 people had a hellish flight on American Airlines from LAX to JFK on 8/8/12. Why you might ask?
Because of two bad parents. Two parents who did not know how to control their 2 and 4 year old. Two parents who kept saying, “We never have this problem and we fly all the time,” while their children screamed, wailed, punched, kicked, and caused unbearable headaches to all on board the flight.
Look, I’m not going to blame a two year old or a four year old for acting like crazed animals. Because they are too young to have any control over themselves or the situation. (Though I have seen children this age behave far better in public.)
But those parents. They deserve a special circle of hell. They refused to raise their voices to their kids and tried to reason with them. REASON with a screaming kicking lunatic?! If that’s your parenting style, please avoid bringing your little monster into enclosed places like planes until they reach 6 or 7. It was clear that the kids were in charge. And what dumbass puts a 2 and 4 yr old in charge?!
These kids were just as badly behaved at the airport gate. I sat near them for an hour and witnessed bad parenting in action. The kids said something, the parent ignored them, the kid got louder and louder–screeching and wailing. The parent never showed any displeasure in it. As if this was acceptable behavior. The parents clearly failed to set boundaries for the kids.
I felt horrible for the poor woman in front of them. She repeatedly asked the father to stop the children from: kicking her seat, slapping the tray, screaming in her ear, climbing over the seat, etc. At five hours into the flight, she finally turned around and told the kids to shut up. That worked for a little while. Thanks to that woman for standing up for all of us.
We paid hundreds of dollars for our seats on that flight and endured unrelenting screaming and crying and wailing for six hours.
Some kids can’t fly. Especially that young. Parents need to know their children. And know your right to travel does not infringe on my right to travel. Which they did to all of us.
This is why we need adult only flights. Flights where no one will wail, cry, scream, yell, kick the seat, bang on the table, etc.
We deserve better. And since parents refuse to see that their perfect angels are not able to fly, they need to be put on a flight with other perfect angels. There are dozens of flights a day between NYC and LA. Each airline could run one or two kid friendly flights. And by kid, I am referring to anyone under 10 years old.
I paid a lot for my seat. I should not be terrorized by your children just because you cannot properly parent it.
Let me start today’s rant with this caveat: I would love to live in a world where people are not judged by how they look or dress. But that is not the world we inhabit.
Walking around the mall, I was baffled by the whorification of the American girl. The complicity of their parents in the treatment of girls as eye candy blows my mind.
Tweens in daisy dukes with low-cut tanks showing off their almost cleavage. Covering the same as a bikini would. Except they aren’t at the beach. More makeup on their face than Sephora carries in their store.
I get that girls are bombarded with sexy bombshell images via tv, movies, magazines and the internet. That it’s easier to believe that being hot is the most important thing in life.
But parents, why are you letting your daughters look like whores? They are too young to grasp what they are doing. Just check out an episode of 16 and Pregnant. These girls are clueless about ramifications.
It’s one thing to dress sexy in college when you can handle the attention and the response to your looks, but at 10,12, even 15, girls are not mature enough.
They want to look pretty and feel good about themselves. Everyone does. But emulating Beyonce’s skimpy skin tight clothes and Kesha’s barely there clothes is not the way to do it.
Those outfits and ensembles are meant for performers because their career is based around eliciting a response and a reaction.
Hell, throw on as much makeup as you want and dress up in racy clothes at home. But don’t go out looking like a street-walker. It demeans you. It reinforces the stereotype that girls are just accessories for boys.
Because your clothes are broadcasting I am nothing but a pleasure vessel for men. I do not exist for me, but solely for them.
I’m not saying you can’t dress sexy or wear clothes that make you feel pretty. But when you’re 10-16, your parents should be there drawing the line between self-expression and whorification of yourself.
And girls, please, stop and think. Why do I need attention so badly? Why am I dressing so provocatively? ‘Cause I’m betting it’s not self expression, but a need for validation from others.