It was a good idea in theory

Sep 20, 2006

We’re at a coffee house with free wireless (FREE!) and a playroom for kids to roam and play with new toys and moms can, in theory, drink and work quietly while the kids play.


This is the worst idea I’ve EVER had. To come here? I thought I’d like LB to have a chance to be around other kids. I thought it would be lovely, on this rainy day, to let her run and play and *I* can get some things done.

Think again.

You know I used to teach Pre-K? Did you know I worked in Day Care just after college? Did you know this is why I don’t put my child in day care? Not because they are all bad (please read: I DO NOT CONDONE DAY CARE) but rather, because when I was in Day Care I was going to have my tubes tied and my vagina sewn shut for good. All the screaming. All the kids. All the insanity. My god, it’s enough to make a grown person celebate. And it did. For a while.

I’m here in hopes of writing and posting our items for sale, of getting some things done for the move. Instead, I’m in the middle of the most horrific battle of wills I’ve ever seen. I think that child’s head is about to start turning in 360 degree circles and fire will come out of his eyes that this one here is muttering something under his breath and I think I’m going to go up in smoke from some curse or something. This noise is making my head implode.

And my poor kid just got her toy taken away. I’m not sure what I’m teaching her here. I’d like to see her beat the crap out of someone who pushes her like that. Really, I’m sure that’s wrong. But see? His mom is STILL on the cell phone. So I don’t think I’ll notice if my kid fights back.

I’m busy typing. Go, LB, Go.


  1. I loved this post!  That sound had me rolling!  smile  Makes me want to take my laptop to a coffeehouse with free wireless, too.  But, without my kids.  smile

    By some girl on 2006 09 20

  2. Dude, that place sounded like heaven on earth to me (free wireless + coffe + playroom????  where do you FIND such luxuries in one place?) ... until you brought up the whole getting-stuff-done crap.

    Playrooms/groups/dates kinda suck for that.

    By Claire on 2006 09 20

  3. Dude, I think you mean CONDEMN, not condone.  It kind of matters here.

    Anyways.  Go LB, GO GO GO.

    By Sitting Still on 2006 09 20

  4. Just the four we have make enough noise and mess in our house that I had hubby’s vagina sewn shut…I mean, oops, penis.  And, yes, I’m hoping the fact that my four godless little heathen offspring are horrific enough for our too-pretty-for-her-own-good teenage regular babysitter to keep her legs together for a LONG time.
    And here’s a little sippy cup raised to LB cleaning that other kid’s clock.

    By Sonia on 2006 09 20

  5. Hey wow, when did Anna go up to your state? Or do you have a mic hidden in my home?

    By Sarah on 2006 09 20

  6. Heehee… That’s why when we meet up with new mommies and kids, I always ask the mom if her kid can defend themselves.  I *so* don’t mind if ds1 gets a toy taken away from him that he stole from someone else in the first place.  How else is he going to learn? (he certainly doesn’t listen to me when I want him to, so there you go)

    By lanna on 2006 09 20

  7. I want my kids to play well with others, but I totally want them to be able to defend themselves if needed!  Especially in the cases that the parents don’t care about what their kid is doing.  (And are no where in sight, such as with our next door neighbor’s kids.  Good grief!)  It’s better they learn now to stand up for themselves or else they’ll be pushovers and get bullied later on in life.

    By Holly on 2006 09 21

  8. Also-I had to laugh, because it IS a good idea in theory!!  Then when you add kids and preoccupied mothers, well, then it sort of breaks down!

    By Holly on 2006 09 21

  9. I’ve pretty much gotten to the point, after having two kids play in the mcdick’s playzone occasionally, where all manner of fighting is acceptable so long as no one gets bloody or their eye poked out. Back in the day I would get so resentful when an older kid swiped something from Lily but these kids, they figure it out. They learn about our cat eat dog world and they accommodate. more power to them for learning it early!

    By texasbelle on 2006 09 21

  10. I hope she kicked his ass! smile

    By brandi on 2006 09 21

  11. GO LB go! And it’s so damn annoying when the other kid’s mom is chatting away, obvlivious to their child’s actions. That drives me nuts. But yeah. I think a little fight it out over toys is very normal and probably healthy as long as no blood is shed. wink

    By Jamie on 2006 09 21

  12. So, did you beat up the bully-kid or what? We need the rest of the story please.

    By Renee on 2006 09 21

  13. Ha - sad to admit that it would be my child who would take a toy away (she is QUEEN at daycare, doesn’t help it’s promoted *just a little* there). And She would also be the kid that if you took her toy away she would take you down (the girl can tackle - from watching all those football practices!).

    Lord help the first guy she dates.

    By Nicole on 2006 09 21

  14. That noise.  I knew better, but I did it anyway.  God in heaven, it’s terrible.

    I don’t like daycares myself having had my son in one for a short time.  Luckily, before I quit my job I found a home daycare that was a really good place for him.

    Sounds like you went to a place that was too good to be true.

    By Piglet on 2006 09 21

  15. I worked in day care too one summer during college.  a 6 year old tried to bash my face in with a broomstick TWICE!  I would never put my kids in day care either, but methinks my future MIL would be more then thrilled to be our sitter if we needed one and we get along great so that would work for me.  My mom couldnt stand having my older brother in day care- that lasted all of, I think, a couple of weeks.

    By Sara on 2006 09 21

  16. Probably would be better if the place sold alcoholic drinks for frazzled mommies!
    Hope LB was able to “assert” herself a little! smile

    By AmyM on 2006 09 21

  17. what a Reminder

    By Kerry on 2006 09 21

  18. Confused… do you mean ‘condone’ or ‘condemn’? Or condom, or consarn-it… or some other word?

    By Plain Jane Mom on 2006 09 21

  19. Oh good lord, I mean condemn. You know, not condom, not condarn, but condemn. Of course I’ve read that several times and never noticed.

    Opium anyone?

    By Mrs. Flinger on 2006 09 21

  20. Isn’t it funny how you can be totally against violence, and then someone hurts your kid?  That’s when the animal instincts come out and you find yourself yelling “kick his ass!” to your 2 year old. wink

    By Ficklechick on 2006 09 21