So … in bellydancing class on Friday, there was a developmentally delayed woman. She was a guest of one of our regulars. And there was a mom who brought her two teens along. The teens didn’t dance. They stared, giggled, laughed and pointed at the woman. And the rest of us.
The mom is a nice woman, but she said nothing. And that friends is where the problem lies. Because she didn’t correct her children, the rest of us and particularly our guest had to be uncomfortable for 1.25 hours. Now they didn’t spoil the evening, but they definitely cast a pall.
The mom might have been trying to save them from embarrassment. Maybe she hoped that ignoring them would induce good behavior. But the bottom line is that she made their feelings more important than ours.
If their behavior bothers you when they’re 14, it’s going to knock your socks off at 23. What was that about an ounce of prevention?
P.S. There is no automatic law that teens have to be rude. Or that others have to be subjected to rudeness.