Please forgive this rant, but I had to get this off my chest. A couple of days ago we had a thread (which has since been locked) discussing among other things how to deal with children & the lack of good parenting in todays world. Well...earlier today I needed to take my daughter to get her glasses fixed (darn microscopic screws...) so while we were out I figured I'd stop at a local Kmart & see if anything new came in. As we were leaving the store we walked towards the girls' clothes and as we did there was this little boy (maybe 4 years old) running down the main aisle yelling...not in a bad way, just kind of doing it to make noise. I looked around to see where mom or dad might be...nowhere in sight. Then from about 5 aisles away I hear "Michael(long pause)...Michael...what're ya doing, I'm looking at the shoes." (from the tone of the woman's voice one would assume that she could really care less if the boy answered. She seemed more annoyed than worried.) So...as my daughter finished looking around we headed towards the door. We get to the parking lot & I noticed a little boy half way out in the lot standing by what I assume is his mother's car trying to open the doors. IT'S THE BOY FROM INSIDE OF THE STORE!! I noticed some other seemingly concerned parents asking the boy if he was OK so my daughter & I went back into the store to get the mother. She was still looking at stuff not even concerned where the kid might be. When I told her that her boy was OUTSIDE she starts stomping towards the door more MAD than worried. ( I got that from the mumbling "I'll kill 'em...I'll kill 'em) We get out the door & she greets her son with "WHAT THE **** ARE YOU DOING!!!" So as my daughter & I walk past do you think we (or the parents outside mentioned earlier) got even a polite smile or "thanks"...not a chance. As someone mentioned in that other thread...I will not let my kids out of my sight, there's just too many crazys in the world today, but here's a mother who was seemingly more concerned with her shopping that with her own kid. Heh...and they say there's a lack of parenting skills in this day & age. As all of you with kids know, they are the most precious things we have in life and we need to take care of them. NOW GO GIVE YOUR KID(S) A BIG HUG!!! Again, sorry for the long-winded rant. I just needed to vent. BTW...LOOK, up in the sky...it's a bird...it's a plane...NO, It's Rosanna and she's saving G1.