Monday, May 24, 2010

Who replaced Dr. Spock?…

I saw something interesting the other day.

A woman was jogging, pushing one of those jogging strollers built for two kids. But that wasn’t what was so interesting. She was jogging along in the middle of the muggy, hot afternoon with only one kid in the stroller built for two kids. Again, not all that interesting.

It was the kid in the stroller that held my attention. Now, mind you, it’s been 20 years since I had a little one, so I might be off on the age, but I do know it was not an infant. This child looked to be about four years old. That alone was not all that interesting. The kid who looked to be about four years old had a pacifier in his mouth. Okay, still not that interesting? How about the fact that he’s holding a portable DVD player, so he can watch a movie while his mom is spending quality time jogging with him in the muggy, hot outdoors in the middle of the afternoon, in Texas?

If the child is young enough to have a pacifier, then he’s too young to be sporting a DVD player, because he should be an infant, right? Or if he is old enough to choose a suitable movie for jogging in the swelter that is Texas, then he is too old for a pacifier, yes?

I am so confused.

I used to love to ride my bike with a kid in a seat on the back. Apparently, they don’t use those bike seats anymore, as I never see them. They have probably been deemed dangerous, but somehow all three of mine managed to survive a bike ride with mom. Anyway, when I had the kids on the back of the bike, each in turn until they were too big, we talked and laughed and pointed at stuff. We bonded. Now when I see a parent on a bike with kids in tow, it is literally that. The bike towing a covered sidecar looking contraption with the kids zipped up in it.

And they are probably watching a DVD.

Parenting sure is different these days.


  1. That scenario does seem strangely odd, and like you, I can't figure out if it's the pacifier or DVD that is just too weird!

  2. These days, I feel like I need a pacifier while I'm working out!

  3. I feel the same way. Back in the days of covered wagons, the kids had to *gasp* entertain themselves at times. I see kids in the grocery stores with the DVD's in the grocery carts. I find it profoundly disturbing.

    And the pacifier? It's called a parent who doesn't want to be bothered. Why even be a parent?

  4. Oh man, that is something else. Hopefuly they weren't watching anything R rated.

  5. In my neighborhood, they leave the kids and dvd players home alone and push a stroller with their dog in it. Because dogs love exercise. Apparently.

  6. Okay, that's just weird. I can explain away a lot and try to be understanding, but there are too many things wrong with this scenario. I'll admit to shoving technology at my kid when I'm having a bad day, but not while outside enjoying some fresh air. More like, let me drink my Starbucks IN PEACE.

    I'll just have to assume a) she didn't realize that the kid had grabbed the younger sibling's pacifier, and b) the kid had been having such a shit-fit that she tossed him in the stroller to save her sanity and possibly his behind, dvd player be damned. There, that solves that!

  7. Ok I'm going out on a limb here - I think half of our issues with today's young people are the parents - honestly I think you should have a license to parent! I see some parents that just cannot say no, they try to negotiate with a toddler - how about just no??? A pacifer is great when they're young but I honestly think by 3 years they should be GONE! Matt had a pacifer or a Nunny as we called it - he had reflux, food allergies and was just plain old miserable - but he outgrew those and we took the damn Nunny away - enough is enough - he fussed for days and 2 years later found one somewhere and popped the damn dusty, dirty thing right in his mouth - like it was never gone! I quickly took it - said we don't do those anymore and threw it in the trash!

    As far as the portable DVD player - I'm even dumbfounded by that one - kid can't go for a ride without a movie? Again - parents who aren't parenting!

    Whew - that was long huh? Sorry - I couldn't help myself!

  8. Well, you said "Keeping Austin Weird," right? Well, not you - them, anywho. I do remember taking you for rides on a relatively small motorcycle, you sitting on the tank in front of me, helmets on of course, hands on the handlebars, feet on the turn signals. We're having a great time - until you decided you wanted to steer. Well, we made it anyway.

    Mom probably wanted to keep her little darling where she could keep an eye on him. Can't you imagine them in another 10 years? And these are those that are going to look after her in her twilight years? Good luck with that...

  9. probably had a remote too so he could fast forward thu the boring parts

  10. I ride the bike with the girls and they have to wear helments. But we usually sing silly songs. Their mom doesn't even have a bike :(

  11. That is wrong on many many levels!

    Although I have to take exception to LGBG's comment. As a former dog-stroller-pushing-girl, perhaps those dogs are too old to walk or otherwise incapacitated? I would walk my cancer-ridden (now departed) sweetie to the park where she would slowly do a loop on her own. If I hadn't had the stroller, I would have had to drive her. And yes, I felt silly. But I loved that dog.

  12. That is just downright crazy. Of course, I'm the holdout that still doesn't have a DVR in her minivan. If I survived car trips with books and travel games, darn it, my kids can too. And for long trips, they do get to watch shows on their iPods. See? I'm not totally heartless.

  13. That is a sad story right there. I swear some parents spend as little time as possible interacting with their kids.


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