Yesha Callahan

Sorry But All Kids Aren’t Little Angels, Some Are Devils

The Omen is one of my all time favorite movies. If you’re not familiar with the movie, the premise is simple, an American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the Antichrist. In layman’s terms, the kid turns out to be evil as hell. If I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought the Antichrist was in the condiments aisle of the grocery store last night.

Imagine shopping and minding your business, then you hear a kid scream at the top of their lungs and a glass bottle shattering on the ground. Being the nosey person that I am, I turned the corner to see what was going on in the other aisle. Little did I know The Omen was there. As soon as the kid saw me, he took another jar of spaghetti sauce and threw it to the ground again. He had to be no older than 8, but clearly, he thought he ran things. His mother just stood there, and looked as though she wanted to cry.  She apologized profusely, and asked if I could find someone to clean up the  mess, while she tried to gather herself together. Sure, not a problem.

I eventually found someone at the Customer Service desk. When I returned, this kid was still screaming at the top of his lungs. His mother pretty much was at her wits ends. After the mess was cleaned, the kid and his mother scurried out of the store, she didn’t even bother with her cart full of groceries. She was that embarrassed.

This would have never happened to me with my son. A lot of times people want to put the blame on the parents for not properly disciplining their children, but sometimes no matter how much discipline a child receives, they can still act like the spawn of Satan.  Not all kids are angels; there are those who feel their only purpose in life is to embarrass their parents in public.

Have you ever encountered a kid acting out in public? Has your child ever acted out, if so how did you handle it?

  1. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    I always want to “handle” other people’s children when they act out. When mine make the mistake, I get down on their level and very calmly remind them that there will be a problem if that behavior continues. It usually stops right there.

  2. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    Lol. Poor thing. Yea. You would not have caught me doing something like that.

  3. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    Was this kid white? My Mom just had to look at me. Not that there aren’t bratty black children but white mothers tend to have a different approach culturally.

    • October 24, 2012 - Reply

      @Rosey

      An approach that usually consists of physical and verbal abuse.

  4. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    I don’t care how evil a kid or an adul is, they will modify their behavior if they know they will suffer for it. It’s really that simple.

  5. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    I’ve seen many kids acting like little bad butts. If they do that stuff in public, then their doing it at home, too. My kids? Never. Well, my son acted out in school one time in kindergarten (ignoring the teacher when she told him to stop playing around), and never did it again because we got with him right on the spot. You have to nip it in the bud. Can’t wait until the child has been throwing tantrums or ignoring the rules for 6, 7 or 8 years. My kids aren’t perfect, but they know better than to act crazy and they know they will get put in check anywhere.

  6. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    So, this kid is trying to play a game of satanism. Okay, oo. and in Jesus name those demons will flee from whence they came from, when we get home! TRUST.

    • October 24, 2012 - Reply

      @African Mami

      LOL! Too funny.

  7. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    Valid point – but not surprised that bw can rarely concede to this point about themselves collectively as a group.

    All women are strong, independent, holding it down, virtuous, pure, and fighting against the evil black man.

    just had to point that out.

  8. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    I use to say that I dont believe in bad kids I believe in bad parents… BUT thats not always the case. Some of these kids are just bad as hell! Even when they do have good parents.

    • October 24, 2012 - Reply

      @Nicole

      I have had this conversation with my wife many times. She would mention some bad kid and the kid’s parents failure, and I would always note that the kid tended to make bad choices even when he didn’t have to. Now that our kids are older, she understands that kids have free will much more clearly!

  9. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    My mother wouldve made me clean it up and apologize to everyone in the store. Upon arriving home, we wouldve discussed why what I did was wrong and other ways of expressing myself. Followed by a spanking and restriction (no tv, no going out, etc.) Then she wouldve made me write an apology letter to management at the store. Followed by me calling my grandparents to tell them what I did.

    No wonder I was a good girl

    • October 24, 2012 - Reply

      @victoria

      Yes, AMEN! I love your mama.

      I’ll try to remember to discuss with minez about using common sense before I physically command the demons out!

  10. October 25, 2012 - Reply

    Sometimes children do act out for no other reason than they’re kids, and at the moment they just feel like doing what they want. But in some instances, it’s deeper than face value.This story reminds me of a family friend who encountered a similar situation. Her son had an “episode” in the grocery store. There have been times when he screams to the top of his lungs. He is autistic though. He’s not “bad” or “evil” but outsiders looking in may label him as such due to lack of understanding. Autistic children scream often because they don’t know how to communicate any other way when something is bothering them. If the parent recognizes the autism early on, they can work with their child to develop communication mechanisms. If not, however, screaming and tantrums will persist. It’s just something to consider! Beating, spanking or “wearing his/her tale” out is not always the answer.

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