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?