I am not sure if this has already been posted, but I am having a sleepless night and have been reading comments from this news story out of America.
The short of the story is a two year old had pancakes purchased for her by her parents. She started throwing a temper tantrum about eating the pancakes. The owner of the diner said the child was screaming for 40 minutes, the mother has said it was a maximum of 10 minutes. The owner apparently screamed in the 2 year olds face to "shut up" which stunned her into silence.
I am stunned at how many people are thinking that this is ok behavior from the owner? I am also getting the feeling that we aren't getting the full story. My 16 month old ds already has some epic tantrums already over food time and these happen when we try to feed him or when he doesn't want to sit in the high chair. I feel it's just been taken as hearsay that the parents did nothing.
Some of the responses are truly disturbing where they are saying it is ok to have this kind of response to a strangers child, let alone a 2 year old child who's natural form of frustration or communication at times is a "tantrum".
I don't believe that this was response was appropriate and could have been handled better by speaking to the parents. My first thought when I read this article is that I would have said something even if it wasn't my child. In lessor situations I have when someone has said something about my ds being upset in a supermarket checkout line.
Am I the only one who thinks this was entirely inappropriate for the owner to do this?
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21-07-2015 22:50 #1
Diner owner yelled at 2 year old
21-07-2015 23:17 #2
No way should the owner have told the 2 year old to "shut up"!
If the owner had a problem he should have spoken to the parents. Or better yet bring them coffee on the house and maybe offer the 2 year old a babychino as a distraction!
21-07-2015 23:18 #3
I don't believe it's ok to yell in a child's face
If the child was screaming and disturbing other customers, he could have asked them to leave.
22-07-2015 05:13 #4
It was on news.com. 'nuff said.
The comments made me too angry so I stopped reading.
22-07-2015 05:36 #5
Definitely the owner was wrong.
There lots of ways you could handle this situation abusing the child is not one of them.
22-07-2015 05:37 #6
Ugh it just came up in my facey feed and I refused to click on it because I just knew that the story and comments would make me angry and as it's on 6:35am thats just way too early to ruin my Wednesday Mojo. (And yet here I sit with Yo Gabba Gabba blasting *shudders*)
Honestly if a cafe owner felt they could blast my kid, she would have had a few choice words from myself and DF if he was there too. And I would hope that strangers in the shop would stick up for us and tell the person to get back in their box as well, but I don't know these days.
Personally when I see someone with a tantrumming 2 year old I try and catch their eye and give them a knowing smile that says "Its cool- we've all been there. You're doing a good job!". Not rip through them. That is super uncool.
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22-07-2015 05:48 #7Senior Member
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I find it hard to believe first of all that the child was screaming for 40 minutes. The owner shouldn't have screamed at the child but instead spoken to the parents. I'm not sure exactly what happened here. Even if the child was screaming for 10 minutes one of the parents should have gotten up and taken the child out.. for a walk etc until they calmed down and then brought her back in. I'd have the sh*ts as another diner if there was a kid literally screaming for 10 minutes. Again though both parties in the article sound like they're full of it a little bit so it makes it hard to comment when you don't know what actually happened.
However, I don't think it's okay for anyone to yell at someone else's child under any circumstances.
22-07-2015 05:58 #8
NY Times article I read said they did repeatedly speak to the parents.
22-07-2015 07:43 #9Senior Member
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Waitress yells at 2 year old
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