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Clueless Parents

derek

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talk about some poor parenting skills. it's douche-noozles like this that end up with brats that injure themselves or other children. since when was setting rules on how to behave in public a bad thing?

and this dude is the parenting columnist for 'the grid'. he may want to consider a change of work.

Kids versus Mountain Equipment Co-op at Bunchland

Kids versus Mountain Equipment Co-op

I find it really difficult to bring kids into gear outfitters. Basically you need a black belt in parenting to pull it off without an argument or some other incident. Sporting Life, the Patagonia store, that new Meltdown snowboard shop south of King on Dufferin, Sign of the Skier and Skiis and Biikes … these are places I like to go. I like being among all that gear, and imagining what I could do with it. It’s exciting.

My kids also get excited in these places—and then they get wild. They ride into their dad’s knee on bikes they shouldn’t be riding in the first place. They hide under the clothing racks. They knock down $800 snowboards. Therefore, I do not enjoy taking my kids along to gear outfitters. With one exception—Mountain Equipment Co-op.



At the Co-op, I relish my kids’ egregious behaviour. My kids versus MEC started several years back, when the downtown Toronto location still had its display area for tents. My kids thought the tent display was wonderful. They’d shed their shoes and hunker down in the various domes and tee-pees, playing tag, playing hide-and-go-seek. I looked forward to going to the Co-op because they got such a kick out of it.

Then one day, while they were doing nothing more innocuous than making a bit of noise, a worker stuck her head in and told them to keep it down. So we headed over to the playhouse area—and this time, a few minutes later, a customer told my kids to keep quiet.



This irritated me. Since then I’ve noticed that, more than any other place I’ve ever been, the customers and staff of the downtown Mountain Equipment Co-op feel free to tell Other People’s Children how to behave. Perhaps out of some perverse desire for revenge, I pretty much let my kids do what they want in MEC. It’s an experiment. See what they can get away with. We headed there the Sunday before New Year’s, a clearance-sale day when the downtown Toronto store was so packed the checkout line stretched all the way into the rope department.

Finding base layers was our objective. I found some for my son, and then my girlfriend, Chantel, found some for herself, and then we split—I went downstairs to wait in the monster line while my kids and Chantel waited upstairs in the play area. Chan took the kids over to the boots area to look at socks, and Myron and Penny discovered the fascinating province of ski poles. One, two, three, four… the kids picked up a quartet each and set about sword fighting. “It is way too late in the day for me to have to deal with this,” said a MEC clerk and relieved the kids of their quiver.

Banished back to the play area, my son struck upon the bright idea of scaling the playhouse. He figured out a good way to do it, then cajoled Chan into using her phone to record the event. Several times. “Wow, that’s a really bad idea,” an employee said to Myron. “The playhouse is not for climbing.”



At that point Chantel received my text that I was through the line, and on their way down the stairs Myron slid down the first flight’s middle banister. “That is not what those railings are for,” said a customer, who turned to watch as Myron climbed onto the second stairflight’s banister for a second slide. “That is not safe at all.”

But with Chan at the banister’s bottom Myron conducted a neat dismount, sans injury, and the lot of us sauntered out of the store, limbs and skulls intact.

Anarchy: 1. Passive-Aggressive Overly Crunchy Gear Outfitters’ Staff and Customers: NOTHING.

Christopher Shulgan
 

Klubmasta Will

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is that the same chris shulgan that used to have a rave magazine? i think it was called neksis.

i must admit, while reading that article, i kinda wanted to slap those kids myself. (no offence, chris, if you end up reading this!)
 

Vote_4_Pedro

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Letting your kids have a sword fight with new poles that cost big bucks is just plain ignorant. IGNORANT. And I have two kids. So, when they scratch the paint on the new poles, and are asked to pay for them because someone else won't want to pay for them when they are scratched, what do you say about that, Chris? Ignorant. (and yes, I realize Chris is not here and will not reply).
 

djfear

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"...I pretty much let my kids do what they want in MEC. It’s an experiment. See what they can get away with."

Well he got his answer, and customers let him know.
 
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octo

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I'm the worst parent ever when in public at stores my kid isn't allowed to leave our side.
i wish more parents were like you.

my brother's excuse is "my kids are nuts"

no they're not. you just have to teach them what's appropriate and what's not.

take them to burn off energy at the pool or park or skating rink. not a store or restaurant.

so many parents let their kids do whatever the fuck they want, where ever they are. i used to think it was because the parents where uneducated or had bad parenting themselves, but it's all over the place now. wild kids in public is the norm. well behaved kids like God's are an exception.
 

le bricoleur

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Whenever I'm in MEC i'm constantly cursing "fucking hippie parenting" under my breath. The parents are looking at hiking socks and the kids are on the other side of the store kicking the shit out of a $400 arctic tent. And the screaming!
 

Wiseman

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I used to really like the Bunch site (they were the ones that did those kids Dance parties at clubs that were soooooo much fun) but I'm finding their site increasingly has crap like this. There was an article about how awful the TTC was for parents and I posted a comment that disagreed with the Authors experiences and my comments were removed.
 
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rubytuesday

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He needed to step up his kid's antics for it to be absurd (and therefore funny), like his kids testing the camping stoves or the pouring juice into the urination aids for women.
 

KickIT

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You see it all as parents. I saw someone feeding their 8 month old Coke. Like opened a sippy cup, filled it with coke and gave it to the baby like it ain't no thang. There was water and milk available. You try not to judge but it's like WTF?!? really?
 
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I_bRAD

TRIBE Member
Apparently, with the exception of rubytuesday y'all are such good parents you can't even recognize satire.
 

NemIsis

TRIBE Member
Apparently, with the exception of rubytuesday y'all are such good parents you can't even recognize satire.
^That comment is ridiculous btw. I think any good parent with children would find that article obnoxious.

It's Poe's Law really (without a clear indication of the author's intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between sincere extremism and an exaggerated parody of extremism.).

I didn't post at first because I figured it had to be a joke of some sort. However, I think parents, and teachers, have seen it all. Was I surprised with this? Not at all. I've seen/heard worse.

That article got over 500 likes btw, and I'd be willing to bet that most of those who liked it did not get the sarcasm (If it's there - Poe's Law).
 
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MoFo

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As someone who has lots of experience taking kids on field trips and having rambunctious kids with me in public places, I'll have to gloat a little as I've had numerous reps from our destinations come up to me and my colleague and say "thank you for having well behaved children." Sometimes I use the other groups on field trips as an example: "wow, look at those lunatics. Glad we're the nicer kids." And my kids absolutely behave and then I let them run amuck in a courtyard or downtown playground afterwards. Why the fuck not. But not in a store.

That author is a complete douche and is a prime example of why people should be tested before being able to procreate little monsters. Guys like him shouldn't even have pets. So irritating and just is such a bummer to everyone around him. Meanwhile he thinks he's making some of kind of statement to the world that he's this free spirit and enlightened.

How about being a good father and watching out for your kids' safety, douchebag? Sarcasm or not, it's just an obnoxious negative piece all around.
 
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Jeffsus

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Hey MoFo, what exactly do you do as a job? I haven't quite figured it out.

Every post I read from you makes me think something else. I mean, we showered together for heavens' sake!

PS You're still hot.

-jM
A&D
 

MoFo

TRIBE Member
Right now, I'm self-employed with my own transcription business. Before that, I was a curatorial assistant for a contemporary gallery. Before that I was a Child & Youth Services Coordinator for the City of Toronto running after school, community arts and nutrition programs. Before that, I coordinated employment programs for newcomers and refugee youth and a transition counselor for welfare recipients. Before that, I was a job developer for students, marginalized youth and youth with disabilities. Before that, I was an outreach officer for a mobile youth truck. Before that, I ran after school literacy programs.

We probably showered together while I was working with children and while still attending OCAD.

Then I think you tried to put it in my butt when I was working as a Job Developer.
 

Ms. Fit

TRIBE Member
As someone who has lots of experience taking kids on field trips and having rambunctious kids with me in public places, I'll have to gloat a little as I've had numerous reps from our destinations come up to me and my colleague and say "thank you for having well behaved children." Sometimes I use the other groups on field trips as an example: "wow, look at those lunatics. Glad we're the nicer kids." And my kids absolutely behave and then I let them run amuck in a courtyard or downtown playground afterwards. Why the fuck not. But not in a store.

That author is a complete douche and is a prime example of why people should be tested before being able to procreate little monsters. Guys like him shouldn't even have pets. So irritating and just is such a bummer to everyone around him. Meanwhile he thinks he's making some of kind of statement to the world that he's this free spirit and enlightened.

How about being a good father and watching out for your kids' safety, douchebag? Sarcasm or not, it's just an obnoxious negative piece all around.
Agreed.

This article made me hate kids, then I remembered, it's not the kids' fault. It's the parents. So, I hate parents.
 
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