blog post recently about a 9 year old girl who died in a rafting accident here in Turkey, and I was dismayed at the parents' decision in allowing a young child to take part in such a dangerous activity.
Today there is a story in the Daily Mail here concerning a 3 year old girl who managed to climb into a bear pit in a zoo in Germany. She was there with her sibling and her parents, and it seemed she managed to climb into the pit whilst they weren't looking.
For god's sake! Why weren't they looking? Surely two parents can be responsible for two children? Apparently the father then climbed in to rescue her. They were both injured, but thankfully not seriously. And I hope with all my heart that the bear who attacked them is not destroyed as a result of this recklessness on the part of the parents. After all the bear was only protecting his territory.
I do wonder if some parents feel that their children can do as they please, while they (the parents) just ignore them.
I was sitting over at the hotel yesterday and watched as a young boy, about 3 years old, systematically pulled up flowers and plants from the hotel garden...while his parents sat a few yards away. They glanced over at him occasionally, but not once did either of them tell him to stop.
I was seething. I wanted to tell the parents to take responsibility for their son. I wanted to gently explain to the little boy that it was wrong to do this. I didn't though. You just can't interfere these days can you? Well of course if it had been a Turkish child and parents, I would have spoken to the little boy and the parents, because they would have accepted it. But these were foreign tourists. I didn't feel it was my place to intervene. It's not my hotel...not my responsibility...these are guests of the hotel, so it's up to the hotel staff to deal with it. Or maybe the hotel are happy to let people wreck the place? Who knows? No-one did anything about it. Eventually he got bored and went back to sit with his parents. I was relieved, because it was all I could do to stop myself from rushing over to put a stop to it.
None of us are perfect parents...I certainly wasn't. But is it wrong to expect parents to put the safety of their children first, and not take their eyes off them for one minute? And is it wrong to teach our children respect for people and property?