The dear sweet wife and I were today out at our local Harris Teeter grocery store and we saw the most horrible display of parenting with regard to balloon handling for small children that we’d ever seen before. We were sitting in our car in the parking lot and before our eyes these two small children appeared with balloons in their hands. The Charleston air was thick with humidity and even though the air was quite warm it was also fairly windy as is common in the Low Country during the summertime. Sitting across the parking lot from one of the Harris Teeter exits we watched as two small children exited the grocery store; excited as anything that they’d each had their own balloon. Their mother waddled out in back of them; attempting to calm the boundless energy of the young girls to no avail. One of the small children found her balloon precariously balanced in her small grasp; the other one was not so lucky and the balloon went flying into the sky. Needless to say bedlam erupted; the mother stood with the small child who still had her balloon as the other small child went back into Harris Teeter alone to get a replacement for the erstwhile balloon. This activity prompted the following proper etiquette for small children with regards to balloon handling.
Proper Balloon Etiquette for Small Children: Tie It Down: One of the first faux pas that my wife and I appreciated about this event was the common sense behavior of tying down any and all balloons around the wrist of small children. Kids don’t have as firm a grasp against things like, elements, or even their own short attention spans; tying the balloon around the wrist of a small child is just common sense.
Proper Balloon Etiquette for Small Children: Consequences: Another thing that my wife and I were able to appreciate about this situation was consequences. As every adult knows, even the most favored balloon will eventually fly out of the hands, slowly deflate, or violently pop. Eventually. So the fact that this small child lost her balloon should serve as a warning; hold onto the things you hold dear. If you’re not going to hold tight you are going to lose the things you hold dear.
Proper Balloon Etiquette for Small Children: Supervision: If the mother was going to get the girl a new balloon she at least should have walked the girl back into the Harris Teeter. Mt. Pleasant South Carolina is not a dangerous place but still, even if the child is in sight of you, you should always stick with small children (these girls were maybe 4 or 5 years old; capable to walk around but definitely not on their own).
Proper Balloon Etiquette for Small Children: Conclusion: Balloon handling is associated with the wonder of childhood; following these rules for proper balloon etiquette for small children can help everyone’s balloon experience be complete, fun, memorable, and safe.