I almost greeted you saying "KITTIES"! However I guess I am not helping Katie right now so I will resist!
I went to Wally World a few hours ago and got some groceries as my oldest will be here tomorrow for supper. Meanwhile, I went thru Walmart's front doors and it so happened that I was just behind a family of both parents, a girl of perhaps 8 and two boys, possibly 10 and 11 or so. First thing I saw as we all of us walked through the doorway was the girl do a high kick to kick her father's back end. She missed. Not to be discouraged she did it again, and in full view of her mother. She connected that time and he turned and looked down to her. He did not say a word but he didn't look pleased.
Then, I glanced at the girl specifically as I made my way to the grocery carts. The two boys hurtled themselves to just behind where I was at the front of the carts (they were three carts back) and as I was getting my cart untangled from the one it was jammed into, those boys started bashing my cart hard to get it and me out of their way. I said immediately in my well practiced mother's voice "YOU JUST WAIT A MINUTE!" Then their mother seemed to have overcome her paralysis and said something slightly sharply to them as I made me way on through the airlock doors into the store. I never did see them through out the foray into the aisles. If I had...while I really would not have, I would have been tempted to crash my cart into theirs and say, "Oopsie!" Just pique on my part. I would not have done such a thing.
It's just another indication how many families are ruled utterly by their kids. I hear their opinions being asked about the choices all up and down aisles in any given grocery store. And I see their declarations being obeyed. They are treated as small adults to be obeyed. Role reversal.
OK. Done. Thanks. I needed that.