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Back when young ScaryDuck worked in the Dole office rather than simply queuing in it, he had to deal with a claimant brought in by his mum. She did all the talking. He was 40 years old.

Have you had to deal with over-protective parents? Get your Dad to tell us all about it.

(, Thu 10 Sep 2009, 15:13)
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I’m a helicopter parent
Or that’s what other parents think of me when I go chasing after my young uns when we go to kids parties in buildings with a play area.

The truth is that I would rather charge over the squishy shapes and go play in the ball pool than spend an hour listening to the other parents sit round and bullshit about whos kid is the best, what clubs they are in, how the kid can speak latin etc etc

My wife says I’m antisocial, I say I have the mental age of a 7 year old.
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 15:14, 14 replies)
I say both
But mainly your one
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 15:19, closed)
are you me?
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 15:32, closed)
have a click...

because I *so* know this is going to be me ;)
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 15:40, closed)
I do the same thing too.
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 16:26, closed)
My favourite is getting one of my kids to bury me in the ball pool, then rising up from the dead when the other comes through. Get some great reactions sometimes.

you also discover how many kids get absolutely no attention from their parents - there's usually a crowd of attention seeking snotty nosed types following you around by the time you've been in 10 mins.
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 16:37, closed)
Ball Pools
I have found that 100% of the ball pools that I have used, I have always come out with a wet knee. They are still fun though.
(, Sat 12 Sep 2009, 1:48, closed)
the only danger is .. .. ..
that you might, like I have, get a reputation for hurting other people's kids.

Hurting your own kids seems to be socially acceptable in these type of situations (the other parents can tutt and point at your clumsiness) but if their brats jump at you and miss and smash their noses on the floor because they fell out of the bouncy castle it's *your fault*.
(, Sat 12 Sep 2009, 9:22, closed)
Round my way
we have a ball pit and play area that adults are allowed in - AND THERE'S A FUCKING BAR THERE!
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 19:15, closed)
I'm sure there was something like that near Watford but it shut... *cwy*
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 22:57, closed)
but only because mine is 9 months and I am going to turn into you some day.
(, Sat 12 Sep 2009, 20:23, closed)
me too
the staff at the place where most of the parties are help draw the line at the indoor teacup ride though. which is a shame, i really like that ride.
(, Tue 15 Sep 2009, 7:46, closed)
sofy play areas
(, Tue 15 Sep 2009, 9:33, closed)
...what the fuck else would you have kids for?!

Apparently one in my area does evening parties for adults! Woo Yay!
(, Wed 16 Sep 2009, 16:50, closed)
I do this too - in fact, I'm going to be doing it this weekend!

5 kids, one sand pit, 3 sit on pedal cars and blue fizzy pop… better than Glastonbury!
(, Wed 16 Sep 2009, 17:09, closed)

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