November 08, 2018

Woman enraged the internet after asking another mother and her son to leave a public park

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A mother online who's asking another mother and her son to leave a public park has other parents rolling their eyes.

Writing to the Washington Post’s advice columnist, Carolyn Hax, the woman explained that she had asked the mother and her son to leave a play area because she wanted her daughter’s time at the park to be “girls-only.”

She wrote that she has "a daughter and some other moms of daughters and I have started getting together at a local playground at a set time each week."

"Recently a mom of a boy brought her son to the playground at the same time we were there. I asked her (nicely, I thought) if she would mind leaving because we had wanted it to be a girls-only time," she continued.

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The woman in question explained that her request was declined by the other mother and appeared to be irate, which prompted her to ask Hax for a “better way to approach her.”

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She justified her request since it had been “a sweet time for moms and daughters and having a boy there is naturally going to change things.”

"We live in a world where boys get everything and girls are left with the crumbs, and I would think this mom would realize that, but she seems to think her son is entitled to crash this girls-only time."

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She concluded, “I know I can’t legally keep her from a public park, but can I appeal to her better nature?”

Hax shut down her mentality immediately, starting, “Can I appeal to -your- better nature? Goddess help us all.”

“Shooing off the mom and her boy was terrible. And justifying it as a cosmic correction? Wow,” the columnist added. “That kid is a human being — not with privileged little man feelings, either, but with feelings, period. Perhaps even a disposition that fit better into your idea of girl behavior than one or more of the girls there.”

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She continued, "People are not widgets. And the adult you shooed off is a mom, possessor of the same crumbs you've been fed, no? So don't you think she would have just liked to hang with some fellow moms in the park while she was out with her child?"

Hax then accused the woman of being "entitled" and advised her that if she's "going to have an exclusive gathering, then host it on private property."

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A lot of commenters generally agreed with Hax’s mentality. One reader wrote, "Putting aside the important issue of excluding a little boy, I just can't get past the unmitigated gall of asking someone to leave a public park! How mind-blowingly clueless and ridiculous."

"I hope that shoo'ed mum dug in her heels and stayed three hours. How obnoxious of (the other mother) to act like she and her pals had dibs on a public playground," remarked another.

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