Myra Faye Turner, Writer
Parents , can we talk? When you take your little ones with you to the movies, especially movies for a general audience, please make sure you observe a few basic rules. Last week I my son dragged me to see Star Wars. I think I might be one of the few people on earth who don't give a rat's ass about this franchise. But I digress. I knew the theater would probably be crowded because of the holidays and expected a few kids splattered here and there. We sat on the second aisle from the top. In comes a grandmother with her six grandkids. I immediately knew they were going to sit directly behind us. And they did. For the entire movie, the kids talked, made numerous trips to the bathroom, the concession stand and I had the pleasure of getting kicked in the back most of the movie. Not once, did the grandmother say anything to the kids.
I have been taking Tyler to the movies since he was a toddler and from day one, I made sure he understood that he needed to practice being courteous so that everyone could enjoy the movie. I realize with kids movies I can expect more talking and probably more trips to the potty from the kids around me and that was fine. I have always made sure Tyler observes my movie theater rules : no loud talking and definitely no kicking the seat!
I can't even blame the kids (well, not totally) because the grandmother should have made sure the kids behaved better. I even turned around a time or two when the kid was kicking my seat. But no, she didn't say a word; I think she may have even fallen asleep. Let's face it, little kids have short attention spans and sitting through a 2-hour movie is tough. But it's tougher for adults who are trying to follow the storyline while a kid is kicking you in the back and talking the whole time.
We make excuses for kids. We say that they are only kids and we should cut them some slack. If an adult did the same thing, we'd probably either confront them or at least get help from management. We, as parents, need to make sure that when we take our kids out, we monitor their behavior better.
Lesson learned? Tyler had a great idea and I definitely think I'm gonna take it. From now on, I'll make sure I sit on the last aisle. At least I won't get a foot in my back!