Bad Parenting 101 Offered at Chuck E. Cheese

The commercials for Chuck E. Cheese really make the place look like a haven for fun and entertainment. Any child who watches it and is not scared of big talking mice will awe in the amount of fun to be had at Chuck E. Cheese. I’m much older and have the same amazement level. If they served beer, I’d probably go there on the weekends. Every game there only costs a token so that’s a huge plus.
I would never go there for the food but if the kids you go with get hungry, you’ll likely be forced to purchase one of their horrible tasting pizzas. You’d be better off grabbing a cup of water and squirting ketchup into the cup if you’re looking for something that offers some flavor.
I’ve been to Chuck E. Cheese before and know what to expect but some of my nieces and nephews have never been so my brothers and I decided to take them on a magical quest of fun, games, and bad parenting.
Yep. If you want to see shining examples of some of the worst parenting, head over to Chuck E. Cheese on north Rock Road. It’s a model illustration to how NOT to raise your kids. I have zero kids and don’t know a thing about how to be a great parent, but on the flipside I know an obnoxious kid when I see one and what the reason is for that.
1.)    I am playing a football toss game and having a random kid run in front of you and grabbing a football to play along. I look at the kid and realize I have no idea who he is and ask him what he’s doing. He ignores me and I look over and his mom is just standing there, doing nothing.
2.)    Having my nephew and niece playing this arcade game and a couple kids coming over wanting to play and moving their bodies into my nephew and niece until they can get a hold of the controller.
3.)    My niece waiting patiently to ride this horse arcade game that last 60 seconds per game and the same kid deciding to play it 7 straight times.
4.)    Seeing kid after kid just standing randomly crying; no parent around the vicinity……that we know of.
I don’t condone violence but if it was morally and socially acceptable I would have shoved any kid immediately who kept laying their fingers on one of the kids I was with. Because saying the words “Don’t do that” surely didn’t work.
It was really great birth control but at the same time pretty annoying dealing with so many rugrats that didn’t have simple knowledge of good etiquette.
Here’s the kicker, only the adults realize all this.
The moment we all got into my car, I look back and there’s a huge smile on each of the kid’s faces while they hold on to all their “Made in Taiwan” toys that cost 200-300 tickets to get but only cost Chuck E. Cheese a quarter to buy. At the end of the day, the only thing they will remember is all the fun games they were able to play, a weird looking talking mouse doing the cupid shuffle, and their Uncle Eddy absolutely dominating the Skee Ball machine that they had to wonder if he was really human.

As annoying as it all was at times, I’m sure we’ll go back. Because one, I’m a sucker for arcade machines and two, I have a hard time saying no to those kids when they ask me to do something.

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