Overheard

March 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm (3 year olds, playground, tv)

Evan needed to get some energy out, but it’s either been freezing, super windy and/or raining here the last few days (Saturday & Sunday excluded – it was gorgeous) so I decided to take him to the nearest (and cleanest) fast food joint with an indoor playground – this happened to be a newly remodeled/reopened Burger King.  It’s one of those where you can actually sit & eat in the playground room, not like the ones where there’s just one bench (so that probably made no sense, but if it did it will help explain this story better). 

So we’re sitting there – eating lunch – in the playground room – with all the other moms & children doing the same thing.  The mother/daughter duo behind me is eating lunch & the girl starts whining.  She of course wants to go on the playground (afterall, she’s in the playground room).  This girl was no older than 3 – she couldn’t have been.  Even if she was super small for her age, she could have only been 3-1/2 at the most.  So she’s whining & her conversation with her mom goes like this:

Mom:  “you’re not going on the playground” (even though I’m torturing you by sitting right next to it).

Mom:  “Do you know why you’re not going on the playground? Do you remember what you did last night after mommy went to bed?”

Girl:  whiney, whiney

Mom:  “You got up, turned on your lights AND your TV & watched television all night”

Now I do give the mom props because she held her word & the whiney girl didn’t get to play on the playground – but is it just me or is it super crazy that a 3 year old has a TV in her room?!?!  I mean is that normal?  I didn’t think I had to worry about that one until at least elementary school.  That’s crazy to me!!!

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3 Comments

  1. Staci E said,

    I agree with you as far as having a TV in the room. I don’t think she is old enough to have a TV in her room. Since the girl does have the TV in her room, the mom should have gone in there and taken the TV out of her room for not following directions. That would have been an immediate consequence (can you hear the teacher voice?) and the girl would have gotten the message. The bigger question is why did she take the girlr to the restaurant and torture both of them?

  2. staci said,

    Wow…I love how she’s trying to reason and have a serious conversation with a 3 year old!

  3. Becky said,

    Very strange that she would still take to the restaurant. I agree with Staci’s consequence more! Also- the tv in the room is weird! Bailey just got a tv in her room last year and she’s 8!

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