Sometimes Parents need to use their Outside Voice, when Inside.
While at work (retail shop) I recently saw a child be extremely disobedient, and the mother just stood there coaxing the child to obey, almost bribing. I wouldn’t have been surprised if she offered the kid an ice cream to get compliance. I have seen parents bribe with toys….
This is a scene that plays out time and time again and is a particular sore spot for myself, and I am sure others who work in retail, or early child development. Parents are terrified to make any demands on their kids, and instead talk to them in a weak, and coaxing manner.
If my kid, although now a teen, had been as bad as this one child (who was in an area they should not have been – behind the counter where the clerks work) all I would have had to do was raise my voice slightly – put a bit of “I MEAN IT” in my voice, perhaps snapped my finger, pointed to the space beside me, and said “Get Over Here Now”, and my kid would have responded instantly. Yet it took this parent, about 3 minutes to get her child out of the workers area, with my assistance to physically guide the child out of the area, as they were in the way of the staff.
It was a pathetic sight, and yet not all that uncommon.
I strongly encourage all parents, mothers, fathers, grandparents, to learn how to use their outside voice when inside to instill a bit of respect out of their children. Lord help the parents who try to coax their toddler into action, when that toddler becomes a teen.
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