ANSWERS: 46
  • I think its amusing. I love it when the kid is screaming away and the parent has absolutely no control. Thank god those years are behind me.
  • It is annoying. It is a parental duty to bring up children as well behaved ones in the public at least. They could instruct the children to listen to them and obay them while on an outing before leaving home. It is unfortunate many parents don't take this part of their duties seriously causing annoyance to themselfs and others with all the racket they make in public places.
  • I find it frightening. If that is how those parents treat their children in public, what do they do behind closed doors? :(
  • Specially when they swear at them!!
  • It's annoying and I feel sorry for the children.
  • It breaks my heart. I have even spoken to the parents and said that if they didn't stop I would call the police, or if they were too violent I said nothing and just made the phone call. I had been in those children's shoes too many times to stand by and say or do nothing.
  • It's horrible, I get angry and sad not only when I hear it in public but in private too. The parents set a bad example for the kids and it makes the poor kids feel terrible, and other than making kids angry or afraid of their parents, it accomplishes nothing (well, at least the swearing part).
  • Uh....NO! Whatever they have to do (within the limits of the law) to effect DISCIPLINE within their children--is FINE with me!!!!
  • I hardly ever see parents admonish their kids. Usually it is the kids shouting and screaming while the parents do nothing. It must be different in the U.K.
  • It depends on the situation. There are simply too many variables. While I generally find shouting and screaming (by my definition) in public annoying, there are times when it may be necessary. In some cases, I think it is too much. In other cases, I think the kid needs a good smack on the behind.
  • No because I actually HAVE children. Sometimes I cheer them on when their kids are being especially annoying. but I have almost never had to do that with my kids because from the beginning, I taught them self respect. They know how they look when they behave that way and almost always go for another option to getting their point across. Which works well for me because I don't have the patience for that shit!
  • I like how they keep yelling at the kids even though it is obviously not making them behave any better. Like someone once said "insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
  • No it's not just you but what i find just as annoying is kids screaming and swearing in public.: )
  • Yes, but I find it more annoying when they let them run wild in a doctors office waiting room.
  • Yes, half the time they're more annoying than whatever the child was doing wrong. Of course, it's equally annoying when parents allow children to misbehave. I guess the lesson here is to try to discipline your children discreetly as possible. Embarrassing the kid only breeds disrespect for the parent, anyway.
  • I find it worse than annoying; I think it's tragic. They're teaching the kids that this is the way to manage: swearing, screaming, going over the top -- and then physical abuse (by which I do NOT mean "a swat on the bottom to get their attention"). My mother could manage five of us most of the time with "the look". "The look" works great most of the time, if you are disciplined enough (as a parent) to use it -- and back it up -- as necessary. And when more is required, and of course it often is, since "the look" has to have some backup, then that is handled in private, at home, and doesn't always include corporal punishment. But it's the parent's job to keep on top of this stuff, and to rigorously and from a very early age decide that discipline matters, and then ENFORCE that. If you do it well enough, then screaming, swearing, and even spanking, is hardly ever required.
  • no their doing their job as a responsible parent usually. is it annoying for a doctor to perform a medical treatment if some dude randomly faints?
  • I find it extremely bad parenting and very, very disturbing. This is just very bad energy for all concerned. They are shouting to the world that they don't know how to parent.
  • yes...its a loss of patience, and is a display of dysfunctional temperment....which is easily passed off to the childrens developemnet.
  • Inappropriate.
  • It unerves me and makes me a bit scared, thinking waht they must do in private.
  • I find it revolting and pathetic. A parent who cannot control their child without resorting to themselves throwing a tantrum is a terrible shame.
  • Haven't seen anything like that myself, but if I did I would call child welfare most likely. It would flat out piss me off to see an adult behaving that way.
  • Yes I much prefer them letting their little monsters do whatever they please.
  • Since becoming a parent myself, I try REALLY REALLY hard not to judge other parent's methods or actions. (barring physical abuse) I, myself, have been on the shouting end of the public displays. Never have I cussed at them, but certainly lost my cool. You never really know what has lead up to that point. Some days kids are just little bastards, some days they are perfect angels. All I can hope for is one of their 'little bastard' days do not coincide with one of my 'ain't about to put up with crap from anyone' days.
  • i call social services. there is no reason to scream or yell or swear at kids.
  • I've always wanted to catch that on tape and give it to the parent to watch I don't think they realize how bad they come off...great question+5.
  • Yes, that is something you are supposed to do when there are no witnesses. Like the saying, "I have patience when there are witnesses."
  • It is very disturbing. Actually, it sickens me, sort of like those free-for-all, no holds bar mixed martial arts fights. I don't like violence in any size, shape, or form. And when it's directed at defenseless children, it's even more terrible. If parents do that to their kids in public, can you imagine what they do to them at HOME? OMG. "Bless the beasts and the children", as the song goes.
  • almost as annoying as their shouting and screaming (and even swearing at times) children.... it seems to be a never ending cycle.
  • raising your voice can be a necessary part of parenting (to include yelling if there is a distance), losing your patience is not, name calling or swearing at your kids is unacceptable. however I'd rather see 10 minutes of a parent with a raised voice successfully subdue an unruly child than see a parrent give that child what they want. I recently saw a father more henpecked by his son than any man I have ever seen by their wife, the son was in charge by means of command
  • I try to ignore the behavior of other people unless it escalates to illegal.
  • I don't agree with yelling and swearing at children in public, but I'd much rather see that, then their children running all over the place, acting disrespectfull, knocking stuff over, and generally misbehaving.
  • Yelling at your children is something you will do at least once in their lives. Now, in public, i dont think its appropriate. No one is a perfect parent and we all will loose our cool with them.
  • I do find it annoying but some children are truly Damien's in the making!
  • YES VERY ANNOYING
  • Not as annoying as when I see kids doing stuff I would've gotten flogged for, and the parents not doing a damn thing about it.
  • Not quite as annoying as seeing a parent who can't discipline their children properly.
  • Yes, it's very disruptive to the other shoppers and workers in the stores. Discipline belongs in the home, not in public.
  • A bit, though we don't know the whole story yo...
  • i find it repulsive...just something i never had to do....it could be the kids driving them nuts but thats their fault too...but i have seen moms cussing a little ones and calling names and my heart broke for the kids.....that was disgusting of the parent.... its hardly ever the kids faults, no matter how bad they act...they have been ALLOWED to...;)
  • Yes. But not as annoying as the kids being little shits. Although if i saw a parent swear at their kids i'd be a little taken a back! A bit too far. Parents who LET their kids get anyway with everything are more annoying to me. Let them run around the shop, breaking stuff, touching EVERYTHING and letting them get whatever they want. Not seeming to care. Thats very annoying.
  • I lived with it all my childhood.
  • It's very annoying.It reminds me of my up-bringing,and it makes wanna shout and curse at them(The parents)and slap the crap out of 'em!*+++++*
  • Yes, its annoying and rude

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