Mums/Moms About Teaching Kids Etiquette #MATKE

Mums/Moms About Teaching Kids Etiquette #MATKE

I read today about target (USA) taking mini trolleys (shopping carts) out of their stores after getting a few complaints from parents and other shoppers. I then read some of the complaints and was quite honestly dumbfounded. Are you serious? Do you people really have nothing better to do with your time? How about you start with learning how to give your kiddos some self-control. I’m sure the little darlings are amazing creatures but seriously, if my kid starts running rampant through Target thinking he or she (yes I have both sexes) can do whatever the hell they like and can buy anything they want, I’m going to start doing some introspection rather than blaming Target for having mini trolleys! In Australia, mini trolleys are everywhere and we love them! Even our little, tiny minuscule commissary (grocery store for US Military stationed overseas) has one little trolley. My kids understand that only one of them can use it at one time (it’s called sharing) and when someone else has the one and only miniature trolley available, well, so be it! There’s no temper tantrums (ok there was once but I nipped that in the bud very quickly so it never happened again), it’s called life people, and one day your little darling is going to have to face the fact that they have to share, they have to understand when ‘it’s all gone’! 

Shame on you Target for giving in to the few! Most kids have parents who understand when there’s no miniature trolleys left and explain to their child/children that it is actually a fact of life that sometimes things aren’t fair! Most parents also teach their children trolley/cart etiquette; no little Sarah, you don’t run over people’s toes with your trolley. No you don’t park in the middle of the aisle and ruin it for anyone coming either way! No you don’t put whatever you like in it either! No you don’t hit other shoppers (or me for that matter) in the ankles!

When I’m just buying a couple of things and when there’s a mini trolley available, guess what? I put the stuff in that I’m buying. The kiddos help me pick out healthy options and into the cart it goes! It’s as easy as A,B,C! No tanties, no whining, cause I put my Mummy panties on and I do my job! 

Seriously, we talk about helicopter parents, well “Hello! There you are!”

Mums about teaching kids etiquette! #MATKE

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Hiatus officially over

Hiatus officially over

I’m back! I have returned from my Summer hiatus and all is well in the world; well almost. Honestly, I have written so many blogs that I’ve yet to publish just because I needed to focus on my family and get everyone refreshed and healthy and ready to face a new day upon returning to SoKo (South Korea just in case you’re not familiar). We ended up in Guam for a week followed by a trip to Australia – all of which was very low key and relaxing, just what the doctor ordered for us all. The children finally stopped coughing after we had been away for about 3 weeks (one of my main reasons for so desperately wanting to leave the peninsula after China’s yellow dust had sent us all into chronic coughing mode)! 
Oh how lovely it was to breathe clean air! One has no idea until one no longer has access to it! Anyway, I’m back and ready to continue writing my blog for as long as you’ll put up with my opinion sharing and crazy stories! 😄 Hubby has told me to give the blog a miss and continue to write my book but I’m not sure if I’m there yet, so we’ll do this for right now and see how we go….