I have this totally stupid thing that has been bugging me.
The new moms at my bus stop stand in the street.
I know it sounds silly, and I know it shouldn’t be a big deal, but what kind of example is that? How am I supposed to teach my kids to stay out of the road if there are seven moms standing in the street just chatting?
I think it is awful form.
The thing is – how can I say to an entire group of grown women “Please don’t stand in the street. You are setting a crappy example for my children, and I would really prefer that my kids don’t get hit by cars.”
You know how women are? They would think I am judging their parenting – which I totally am – but I really don’t care what they do at home. The same way I don’t care if you smoke, are a snakehandler, participate in extreme rodeo, or choose not to wear your seat belt, I just don’t want you to do it in front of my kids.
What do I do here? Do I tell my kids that the other moms are wrong and risk them repeating it? Do I tell the one loudest mom that it bothers me? Do I drive The Goon Squad to school every day?
I’m not super over-protective, but we are pretty serious about life safety issues around here and standing in the street is just asking for trouble.
Am I nuts?
Wait. Don’t answer that. Instead tell me how to handle my first world problems gracefully.