This morning the kids and I made our first trip to the free children's movie offered in an area theater. They show older cartoons or kids' movies for free at 10 in the morning. Today we saw Megamind. It is a great concept. Now, I went with the expectation that there would be disruptive children in the theater...after all it was a free kids movie. What I didn't expect was the utter disrepect that the other parents showed by not trying to keep their kids from disrupting others.
The children behind us were terrible. I'm not sure how many there were but from the noise they made and the insane number of trips they made out of the theater it seemed like maybe there were 50 or so. The little boy who banged on the back of my seat and smacked his lips while eating popcorn with his head stuck between my seat and the one next to me was just delightful. And the daughter who apparently has bladder control issues and continually got up and banged us in the head while leaving the aisle because she had to grip the back of all of our chairs was a little ray of sunshine. Friends in another theater said there was a crying baby and screaming child that the mother never took out.
So where does the fault lie? In the chlidren? In the parents, who did nothing to get them to sit down and be quiet (I suppose the mother did say, sit back please about 1400 times but there was no consequence to disobeying)? And how do you respond to something like this? I did ask the lipsmacking boy to please sit back with his mother. Should I have said something to the mother? The manager? How would you have handled it? What about the girl who kept whacking us on the head (my friend even said Ow! at one point)? She was probably 10 years old.
I do not pretend that my children are always well behaved. I am often that overwhelmed mother making threats in walmart about behavior. Today, though, was a proud mom moment of well-behaved kids...of course, anyone could have been better than the ones behind us.
I really would like to hear what you would have done in this situation as we are planning to go back next week. So let me know so I can go prepared. :) PS- the theater is full (hello, it is FREE movie) so changing seats is not really an option.