Kids: Can’t Live With ’em…Can’t Shoot ’em!

It’s true – they actually frown upon that sort of thing in some places.

Of course, those people have never worked with The Hook.

Recently, this petite six-year-old threw a tantrum on the valet deck and kicked her Hannah Montana suitcase from the lobby doors to the van! I honestly believe there should be warning signs on mini vans that read, “DANGER! TRANSPORTING WILD ANIMALS!”

Seriously, a large portion of the parents that drag their kids through The Hook’s door have just resigned themselves to defeat; they figure it’s easier to let the little ones run wild than to attempt to instill discipline. And so there is an endless stream of crazy kids playing soccer in the lobby, throwing frisbees around and just wreaking havoc wherever they roam.

And they do roam, like packs of wild dogs in search of easy prey.

We have one of those signs in our elevators advising people (kids!) not to jump around and stall the car. Do you think it helps? And let’s not forget the old classic, pushing every single button on the panel and them running out at the next stop!

Our kids, especially on vacation, are powder kegs with very short fuses. Add Red Bull, copious amounts of sugar and a little freedom to the mix, and you’ve got a situation a SWAT team couldn’t defuse on your hands!

But today’s parents don’t seem to care about that while they’re travelling with their “little angels”. 

They aren’t thinking of the future.

Today’s temper tantrum-throwing rugrat is destined to become tomorrow’s douchebag.

And guess whose problem they become then?

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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46 Responses to Kids: Can’t Live With ’em…Can’t Shoot ’em!

  1. granny1947 says:

    You should go to live in Swaziland.
    You are allowed to smack a naughty kid….even if it isn’t yours!

  2. mybrightspot says:

    Please excuse this moment of parental boasting. My oldest daughter is 4 years old. She is the one who will point out the bratty kids and say things like, “They’re being bad” or “they must be a cranky butt because it’s nap time.”

    It’s so sad it’s beyond laughable when I see parents being bossed around by their kids.

    (at the same time, it’s absolutely pathetic when parents are catty and snotty right back to their kids, as if they are the ones wearing the pull ups)

  3. mairedubhtx says:

    It’s true. People don’t even try to control their kids. The kids run the show, especially when the family is on vacation. You have my sympathies.

  4. raisingdaisy says:

    You’re SO right! The parents also don’t realize that their own lives would be so much better if they’d raise more disciplined, respectful kids. Frustrates the heck out of me!

  5. penpusherpen says:

    oh flip, it’d drive me crazy, and I’d probably be no use help all Hook, I think I’m allergic.. (that is my excuse and I’m sticking with it, so there 😀 ) … I think that film where all children were changed into mice by Witches was right on the button. Mayhap they should turn back when taught how to behave ever so nicely… just like me and my Bro and Sis, we were little angels… (um…as far as I remember anywho!!… and why has my nose grown longer? 😉 ) xPenx

    This made me giggle. You can tell how good my son’s mood is based on how much stuff comes flying out of the car when the doors are open. When the stuff goes flying, I picture a sign very much like this one–and a scene like in Jurassic Park, where critters go into the cage and bones come flying out.

    Much as I think my son is the most wonderful thing in the world, I’m very, very open to the fact that doesn’t mean I should leave other people to deal with his unadulterated perfection. I know there will be times where I won’t be able to keep him in check and where I’ll have to remove him from situations, but I’m happy to say–he’s already coming to expect that! I really don’t want him to be the kid who kicked the back of my seat mercilessly on a flight to NYC some years ago, and whose grandma said, “It’s a free country, he can do whatever he wants” when confronted with her progeny’s pursuits.

  7. Caroline says:

    Some parents need to learn how to control their children! Seriously. Her Hannah Montana suitcase probably deserves to be kicked though…woops, did I say that? Sorry, not a Miley fan. haha

  8. Spectra says:

    I once had some punk kick the back of my seat on an airplane for most of the transcontinental flight. It was absolutely infuriating that the attending adults did nothing to stop the creature, absolutely no consideration for the person in that seat (me). SO, finally, I’d had enough. Each time that kid kicked, I just up and slammed myself backwards against that seats back, hoping to splinter and crush that punks leg bones to smithereens. If the parents won’t manage the kids behavior, they deserved a lifelong cripple on their hands.

    Other than that, I usually really like kids. It’s the parents who are the problem. A-holes.

  9. Sandi Ormsby says:

    oh, shit. Did we stay at your hotel? I got to this point..with being on the road for 30 days. I was the crazy lady that looked like she was about to fall apart at the seams. 2 kids and a little dog and a hubby that said “I’m meeting my sales rep here…you need to pack up and drive 3 hours to meet me at some random Starbucks.”


    I’m sure there were hotel staff just over joyed and judgemental about us. 🙂 Actually, they were all quite nice and very helpful (probably to get me in the room or out the door quicker!) Hahahah!

    We were the “flurry-of-activity” Melt downs and tantrums performed by mom (not kids)

    Lake Forest, CA USA

  10. I would drop dead if my kid behaved like that in public. If my kids behaved like that, I wouldn’t take them in public. My 13-year-old recently told me to stop reminding her to say “please,” she promises she’ll say it every time so I can stop making her feel like a three-year-old.


  11. xeriouslywtf says:

    Parents bring there kids with them on vacation? This doesn’t sound like something I wish to try with my 2 boys. Maybe I’ll bring their cage with me.

  12. HoaiPhai says:

    Wanna be partners with me in a Summer Dicipline Camp for Kids in Sarnia? If figure that area would be stark enough to shock the little buggers.

  13. countoncross says:

    I think some people think that when they are on vacation, they are on vacation from being a parent as well. You never get a day off from being a parent! I have more luck keeping my kids in line on vacation and my husband would be the one I would yell at not to jump in the elevator. lol

  14. The pushing every button makes me want to choke the living hell out of them. They run out of the elevator too fast though.

  15. irratebass says:

    I have to agree with the title of this blog…..ugh

  16. bats0711 says:

    Since they frown upon shooting them, I wonder if we could hog tie them? Growing up if I would’ve acted anything like that, my Dad would’ve beat me to a pulp. It’s about respect and IMO somewhere along the way we forget to teach that anymore.

  17. Madonna M. says:

    We definitely push all the buttons… That can be reached at only 36 inches… 🙂 Sorry… I won’t make you carry my luggage for me, just stop at every floor…..

  18. hahah guesss even 6 year old devils wont even spare your fate-you are hooked-literally!

  19. Aaron Babcock says:

    I don’t understand these parents that let their kids do this stuff. If I’d done this in a hotel I wouldn’t be alive to talk about it. I’m not saying parents need to be cruel, but come on. You’ve got to have some discipline for your roaming pack of wild children!

  20. Jeanne Heuer says:

    That’s why I have cats.

  21. mizqui says:

    “Today’s temper tantrum-throwing rugrat is destined to become tomorrow’s douchebag.” —>

    Gosh it’s true. Hook: Keep schooling the masses about our beloved “bad asses” ie.. our DNA rugrats. lol!

  22. Raven says:

    Hello I am Raven of Leyla,
    I admit to getting frustrated with the little mini Terrorists. Unruley children are bad themselves but their Douchbag Parents who only humor them instead of disiplining the little critters are far WORSE!!! I get so annoyed with that. :/ Pick your child up and take control of situation so others can be in Peace. Okay, this moment is over… it was good for me

  23. Pingback: #36: People Who Let Their Kids Run Wild! | The Book of Terrible

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