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To think that a mother should have removed her baby when it cried all the way through a schools concert

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christywhisty · 12/10/2007 21:37

DD school were in a cross school production with 8 other schools tonight at a local theatre.
This baby cried all the way through from start to finish a miserable, whiny cry. Not so bad during the songs but you couldn't hear the narrative because of the baby.
I can understand her wanting to see her child, but as each school was only on for one or two songs, she could have nipped out for the rest of it (she was right by the door)

I could never have sat there if one of mine had cried like that.

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geekgirl · 12/10/2007 21:41

YANBU. I have walked out of several school performances & class assemblies because ds was being a pain.

It's not fair on the children.


2shoescreepingthroughblood · 12/10/2007 21:51

some people are just VERY selfish


MaryAnnSingletomb · 12/10/2007 21:53

YANBU - without question !!


DANCESwithHughJackman · 12/10/2007 21:54

I wish more parents thought like you lot. One nativity production (which the children and I and other teachers had been working for weeks on, rehearsing, making headresses etc) a parent not only let their little one chatter all the way through but then to shut them up gave them a bag of the nosiest freakin crisps known to mankind to chomp and rustle on over the narrators and very nervous angels etc.


DANCESwithHughJackman · 12/10/2007 21:55

Oh and YANBU


TaLcsFromTheCrypt · 12/10/2007 21:56



kimibobbingforapples · 12/10/2007 22:22

Its always the same mothers at our school who bring their bloody whiny kids to the plays ect....despite being told NO YOUNGER SIBLINGS and having a class with staff set aside to watch the little ones.


unknownrebelbang · 12/10/2007 22:24


This is why some schools sadly choose to have the no siblings rule.


Fireflyfairy2 · 12/10/2007 22:25

There's a baby who cries every Sunday morning in mass & I think some very angry thoughts

She howls & screeches despite there being a baby room at the back of the chapel! They should go in there with her like I do when I take ds!!

I would always remove my children from something like that, it just ruins other peoples' enjoyment of the thing!!


jamila169 · 12/10/2007 22:25

me and DH have never both seen the whole of a school production, If the LO's are acting up, we take it in turns to get the hell out, how can you do any other unless you're a thick skinned SOB?
Lisa X


shreddies · 12/10/2007 22:25

YANBU -that's a real pity


DoubleBluff · 12/10/2007 22:26

Our school even writes very nicley in the programm that parents should tke crying children out so as not to interfere with the play. But the same parents always bring noisy/ crying child.
DH and i have taken it in turns to see plays etc so that the other stays ay home with younger one.


nsmith · 12/10/2007 22:29

at our sunday mass there is a baby room, we dont use it as ds usually naps but there is a baby who always screaming and a toddler who practises her reading very loudly. control the children....


ivykaty44 · 12/10/2007 22:32

This is so unfair on the children and other parents, what are these parents living in lalala land? Thing is then the school ban little sibblings and that inclueds ones with parents that would take them out if they started to cry


NorthernLurker · 13/10/2007 10:37

YANBU - if you want to see the whole thing then you need to find a babysitter! I missed my daughter in a concert this summer because I wouldn't take my 2 month old daughter, who might have slept through it - or might not!


christywhisty · 13/10/2007 12:09

Spoke to another parent who was there this morning and they found it very distracting as well

The whole thing was being videoed for sale, which will probably be ruined as well.

I know it's hard for small children to sit through these things. The little boy next to me kept whispering to his mum "is this the last song" and nearly whacked me in the face a couple of times when he stretched, but that didn't bother me.

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harleyweendemon · 13/10/2007 12:10



chocolateteapot · 13/10/2007 12:13

YANBU. The old head at DD's school was very firm about younger children being taken out if they were making a noise. The new head isn't and by all accounts yesterday's harvest festival was spoilt a fair bit as you couldn't hear any of it due to noisy toddlers & babies.

I have spent a fair time walking the corridors whilst DS was a baby, missing things that DD was doing. So I will be incredibly fed up if this happens at the Christmas play.


woodenchair · 13/10/2007 12:16

YANBU, very rude.


Doodledootoo · 13/10/2007 12:21

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Doodledootoo · 13/10/2007 12:23

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Eve · 13/10/2007 12:39

parents with noisy children are asked discretely to leave... and blimey do they curse and swear and call the teachers some names.

The parents beahviours is a disgrace!


DoubleBluff · 13/10/2007 21:02

Lol @ doodletoo! good on ya!


muppetgirl · 13/10/2007 21:10

How many productions have I spent hours preparing for only to have some twatty parent NOT take their screaming child out of????

The videoing parent who stands up everytime their child sings or is on the stage and 'bingady bongs' open their video camera everytime...

The flash photography parent who takes photos and blinds the rest of the children for seconds after...

The parent who waves madly at their child and doesn't understand that their child is far more mature than they are and won't respond...

The parent that tries to sit on my piano stool whilst I am organising the children as there is no free seats left and gives me 'evils' when I ask them to move...


3andnogore · 13/10/2007 21:18

jm...whilst I understand yours and everyone elses issue....and on this particular occasion there, of course, would have been no problem to remove the whining child for the rest of teh performance....however....sometimes it's not as structured as that, and people with younger, possibly whining, children don't always have the opportunity to get rid of the whining child/ren but nevertheless don't want to miss out, yet again, on a schoolperformance of possibly their oldest, and usually therefore most neglected child
Whislt I realise it's not the ideal and would always try to get rid of the younger ones, sometimes it's NOT possible, but you would still want to show your support to you other child taking part in the performance!
Maybe if less importance would be put on parents turning up to those events, and parents being earmarked as uncaring, there would not be such a pressure on the parent to attend or the child being marked as uncared for because the parent didn't show up!
So remove the stigma and you will see results!!!!!!!

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