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Reminder: Kids are People too, Show Respect and be Kind to Them

Just a reminder that kids are people, too.

Today, while at the Edmonton Zoo, my toddler fell while running and scraped his knees. He of course screamed bloody murder and was very angry. He stayed on the ground crying and screaming, and refused to let us touch him for about 5 mins. In that time, about four different people pointed and commented on him!!!

Someone pointed to him and told her own toddler “that’s what happens when you run away from daddy” while looking at my son. Then another woman pointed and said “oh my he’s so tired!”

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By then I was already livid and I can’t even recall what the other two women said.

That was rude, and completely uncalled for. There’s no need to point at someone else’s child and comment on their behaviour.

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Please be respectful as my child is a person, too. Would you point at an adult in that way if they had tripped? If you were close by, you might ask if they were alright but you’d never say “I saw how fast you were walking. You deserved to fall.”

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  1. No big deal. Why even care what others say. Carry on

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  2. I don’t think “oh my he’s so tired” is a negative comment at all….

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  3. Naila Jina Naila Jina says:

    Spend less time worrying what others are saying and focus on your child….

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  4. I can see where you are coming from and it is comments like that, that show children it is ok to judge others. So quickly now a days people are quick to judge over helping those in need. I am sorry your son got hurt I hope his knees are feeling better and I am sorry you had a bad experience on your outing.

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  5. I think you’re taking it personally when it shouldn’t be. I get that you’re embarrassed for your lil guy but I think those comments were not malicious in nature.

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  6. Samantha Mae Samantha Mae says:

    I agree! 100%! It’s not a fact of if the comments were negative or not. Point being if it was an adult on the ground, you wouldn’t point and say anything. It’s rude. It’s no different if it is a child!

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  7. I also think people forget children get emabrassed to. He may not have understood what was being said but could see people were talking about him. I think this is where the OP is coming from in saying remember children are people too who get all the same feelings as adults. It his parents werent jumping around bringing attention to him then why do strangers feel they have a right to.

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  8. Anna Denby Anna Denby says:

    I have 2 boys and this same thing has happened many times to me. Instead of ranting about it on a fb page I just talked to the people commenting on my child. It’s hard for people to walk passed a child who is upset and not make some kind of comment so get over it and move on or say something.

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  9. Totally agree with you. People stare far too much. I had a handicapped brother and often went through what you did. So I totally understand, jsut because they are not adults does not mean they don;t have feelings. I think any comment in a situation like that other than ” is there anyway I can help” is totally uncalled for. I think people should mind their own business and keep their negative commetns to themselves…on here as well as at the zoo!

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  10. Ace Ofhearts Ace Ofhearts says:

    Mine does tha same thing. People r rude sometimes . Like really never seen a kid crying

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  11. Terah Abel Terah Abel says:

    That’s not rude. Rude is saying that’s what happens when you run around like an animal

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  12. It drives me nuts when my daughter respectfully approached a retail person to ask a question or pay for a product and they treat her like crap just because she is young. I hear ya

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  13. I think everything in life is a great teaching opportunity for a parent to a child. And I think that when someone is saying he is probably tired that is not rude at all she is having compassion for the situation. You may be a bit tired yourself and did not see 8t that way.

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  14. Randa Gill Randa Gill says:

    Who cares what people say or do. Pick up your kid and carry on. Sounds like he wears the pants in that family “wouldn’t let you pick him up”? If my mother told me to do something I damn well did it. Scraped knees or not.

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  15. Welcome to being a parent.

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  16. Good luck-sounds like a handful

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  17. Maybe u need to comfort him in stead of letting him scream?

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  18. Eh maybe next time hang onto his hand.

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  19. It’s natural instinct to feel bad for a hurt child, especially if he’s been crying on the ground for five minutes, although commenting directly to the child is uncalled for the remark of “oh he must be tired” would not be said out of malice but more out of care for the situation. If an adult fell and was screaming on the ground for 5 minutes not only would I try to help but I would talk to them to make sure they were alright. Human nature is to care, especially for a hurt child.

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  20. You got a drama queen on your hands….lol, fun times have started, I had one too…OYE VAY!

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  21. When you say ‘If it was an adult’ I think your forgetting an adult wouldnt act like that if they tripped. I personally wouldnt say anything to the parent, mainly because I wouldnt care. I dont understand how you couldn’t pick him up? I never was allowed to demand things of my mother/father. Refusing not to let them pick me up would result in alot worse then a scrapped knee lol Sounds over tired like the women said, or simply a brat.

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  22. First of all the toddler running…to be able to fall…out of control!
    Next of all those people were just trying to be sympathetic to your situation by trying to be funny. My son was a runner too. He used to flop on the ground in the mall and scream and kick and I took a boot to the face trying to stop him so I sat on a bench for a minute while he kicked and screamed till his boots flew off. He was told he could not have 2 chocolate bars…just one…well he wanted two. I said no chocolate bars and he had jumped out of the shoppers drug mart like a kangaroo and screaming and he hit the floor. After a bit I realized he was not going to stop and people were talking. I put his boots back on and stood him up and he started jumping and screaming again. By this time there was a crowd. I got down on one knee put him over it and spanked him on the bottom 3x. He stopped screaming and walked holding my hand right after. The crowd was standing around me in a circle and all began to clap. Have a few more kids why don’t you.

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  23. Sounds.like she is on the ground cryin like her todler aswell. ..

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  24. Odesa Nguyen Odesa Nguyen says:

    Oh come on, it’s all sancti-mommy bullshit. I can see why you were upset. Instead of talking about people, offer help or a sympathetic smile. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Despite all the pressure, no one is a perfect mom. Your doing just fine.

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  25. How about people asking if child is ok or offer help i think it was rude of people. I agree with parent posted

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  26. Sandy Za Sandy Za says:

    So in other words your toddler had a tantrum in a public place and you don’t expect people to comment? Sounds like you’re some kind of special!

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  27. Cheri Cheri Cheri Cheri says:

    Very well said. Strangers made judgements and comments without knowing any details, I’d be pissed too.

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  28. I don’t get why this would anger anyone.. The first was trying to teach her own about why they shouldn’t run, they could get hurt like that kid, and the second was just trying to sympathize with the poor kid.. If your kid was embarrassed then please have a talk with him about what happened.. Explain WHY people commented..
    Do you really think if an adult fell and scraped their knee people wouldn’t point and comment if they were in hysterics on the ground for 5 minutes?

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  29. I have a very dramatic child as well. Sometimes I wish people would just ignore us and let me handle it in my own way that is consistent to how we deal with him at home. I think he feeds off of the attention from others and it almost always makes him worse. While of course… making mommy feel guilty.

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  30. you know as an adult I would have done the same as your son” The don’t touch me leave me alone” is common I would be like that, don’t listen to other people he’s your son no one elses…wondering why these people didn’t say to you “do you need them to get you any help?…..are you sure everything is okay?? just wondering…

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