Thursday, October 4, 2007

Whiny kids and poop

Am I a total asshole for not liking someone else's kids?

OK, maybe that's a little harsh.

Audrey's in a swim class on Thursday mornings with two brothers. One is 3 and one is 6 and both of them are screeching messes once their bodies hit the water.

To back up a little here...

Audrey was so excited to get signed up for "big girl" swim class (the one where I don't get in the water with her). Jim and I made the mistake of bringing her to one of Mina's classes last session and Audrey wailed and tore at her face wanting to get in the water too. At the time, she wasn't potty trained, so I told her that when she graduated to big girl underpants, she too could join in on the aquatic fun.

So, here we are, four sessions into a 13 week session and Fric and Frac have turned my once enthusiastic swimmer-to-be into a puddle of tears.

What happens is that as soon as the teacher tries to hold one of the brothers in the water, they claw at her shoulders SCREAMING for their mother. "MAMA! I'M SCARED! I'M GOING TO FALL! HELP ME!"

It's kind of terrifying to watch for me, so I can only imagine what's going through my 3 year old's head with her front row seat.

Today the intstructor grabbed an assistant to help her out, and Audrey did a little better being distracted from the other two.

I hate to say it, but I wish the Mom would just stop coming to class. Half of the 30 minute class is taken up by the teacher trying to calm one or the other of the brothers down.

It's totally selfish of me to think that, but I feel like I paid $100 to watch some horrible child psychology experiment.

On a sidenote: It smells like a giant shit on my back deck. I don't see any shit in the general vicinity, but it smells like there is big steaming pile of it right next to me.


Grant Miller said...

Dear God. I wish our kids were in the same extra-curricular classes. We'd have so many good stories of the ridiculous parents.

Tanya Espanya said...

Parents are usually more annoying than the kids.

Maybe you could ask the instructor to tell the parent to scram?

Isn't that what they tell you at kindygarten: don't hang around upsetting your kid, just go already?

Anonymous said...

Nope, hating other people's kids is completely normal.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and Fric and Frac's parents? Total sadistic bastards.

Jenna said...

There was a little girl in Evie's ballet class who refused to join the rest of the kids and her mom had to just sit with her on the sidelines while the kid talked incessantly. They gave her the boot after two classes. Im surprised the swimming instructor doesn't do the same.
I often dislike other people's kids. It is within our rights as the parents of perfectly behaved angelic (and clever) children. (ha!)

Michael K said...

RE: The shit smell on your deck. I thought the guy who lets his cats play in the courtyard of my building was letting them shit out there too and not cleaning it up. Later, I realised it was just these really nasty smelling wood chips they put down in the flower beds. Nasty.

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