I know that this might sound mean or bitchy, but seriously - I am sooo tired of parents bringing their children into the stores that I work at and not watching them. Not just ignoring them, but coddling them until they're screaming at the top of their lungs because you have the nerve to speak to someone else, and take attention away from them.
I am tired of trying to clean snot and food off the clothes on the floor so that we can sell them. I'm tired of telling kids to get off the step stool, get out of the window or stop pushing the mannequins because they'll fall over and break. And I'm tired of listening to the whining and fake crying that went on for half the day today.
Why can't parents tell when their two year is fake crying?! It's actually sounds like waaaah haaaaaa, waaaa haaaaaaaaa, and coupled with the mom (or the dad) going shhhhhhhh, it's okay, shhhhhhhhh it's okay, shhhhhhhhhhhh I just wanted to walk over and smack them all. It's FAKE for fuck's sake - and every time you fall for it you teach them that this is the way to act in public. Smarten up!
If you can't (or won't) look after your kids and keep them quiet, then they don't belong there.
Okay, now I feel better :)