This picture that you see of three Hispanic girls playing on the floor would be cute if they were cutting up on the living room floor of their parent’s hacienda. The little girl you see ,with her mother’s keys underneath the chair, is under a chair in the waiting room of a Dentist’s office. The mother left her children unattended while she was having some dental work done. I do understand that paying for a baby sitter is another cost and do not mean to sound callous, but that still does not give a parent the right to turn a waiting room into a zoo!
In restaurants, grocery stores, movie theatres, bowling alleys, and other public venues unattended Hispanic kiddos are a common sight. Many Mexican American parents just do NOT get what a nuisance and headache their kids are when they are running around getting into mischief. The knee jerk reaction, of course, is that only a racist could write something like this. Stating the truth is not the same as being a racist. To rear a child properly nowadays requires considerable patience, energy, and time. We knew a lady who had a nervous breakdown laboring under the onerous strain of trying to raise 4 teenagers. One was gay and another had drug problems and it was just too overwhelming for this 48 year old woman. I get what a hard job it is and have the deepest respect for parents who do it right, but you have to do better than the mother of these 3 kids at the dental office.
An older dental patient was sitting in the chair that the little Mexican girl is hanging onto, but moved rather than complain to the receptionist. The receptionist was watching the kids misbehave, but took no action. You can not blame the kids, but the parents should be held accountable. We have all heard that it takes the whole village to help raise your children, but the whole village should get a break occasionally!
You can not blame the receptionists at this Dental office for not interceding to shut up these noisy kids since disciplining another’s progeny can lead to serious issues. However, there needs to be some way to politely inform the parents of these boisterous and clamorous kids that failing to prevent these types of incidents bears very unfavorably on the way the children are being raised! For more on how to handle uncomfortable events like this, read the excellent article in the Fort Hood Sentinel by Lynn C. Denooyer on how to deal with noise nuisance circumstances.