Parenting In 2015: When Can We Say Something?

A Vancouver street performer nearly wiped out during a recent performance thanks to a mischievous child and inattentive parents. This event isn’t what got people talking, however.

In the video, uploaded to YouTube on August 3rd, the child emerges from the crowd and tries to knock the performer off of his rolling board, which was perched atop a platform. After the child retreats back into the crowd, the street performer lays into the parents for their questionable life choices.

While this video is a perfect example of parents failing to control their kid. The first question on the minds of many netizens is “too far?” The uploader of the video, Motorcycles Vancouver, asked in the video’s description, “Did the busker go too far?” The performer, who could have been seriously injured, has every right to be furious. Children aren’t always aware of the consequences before they act and that’s part of being a child.

Insert: Parents.

It is a parent’s job to teach their children that with actions come repercussions. And in a situation like this, where this kid could easily have paralyzed a man, it is the job of the parent to step up and be responsible for their own children.

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The “where the fuck were you?” face

Asking if the busker went “too far” is an embarrassment, and a reflection on the current parenting culture. Have we gotten so far out of whack that a child’s feelings are more important than common sense and safety? Yes, sitting still is difficult for many kids, but you’re not helping the world, or your kid,  by having the little demon spawn not run amok and terrorize the locals. Nowadays, parents seem to be let their kids run around like unleashed dogs, and are refusing to take responsibility when these sorts of incidents happen. Despite deserving to be dragged off by the ear, this kid wasn’t even given a slap on the wrist. And when the street performer reacts, the first question people want to ask if he went “too far”?

BD Smith is a writer living in New York City, where he eats cereal and tries to have games of catch with strangers in Central Park.

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