It seems as though some people have forgotten what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior for waiting rooms. I would like to provide you with a refresher course...you know...just in case you have forgotten what is ok and what is not. (I'm in a bit of a grumpy mood from my experience in the waiting room this morning as well as a few other recent visits to other doctor's offices.)
1. Unless your child is sick and staying in your lap the entire time, please dress your children in CLOTHES and not footie pajamas, just a diaper, or a swim suit. Letting them run around in pajamas (especially the footie pajamas) is not cute- it shows laziness on your behalf. (especially when your at the OB's office at 10am.) Please. Take a few extra minutes and dress your child appropriately.
2. Just because you forgot to bring anything to entertain your child with, does NOT mean that my child is required to share the personal items that we brought. In fact, the bag that I brought stuffed with toys and coloring books is not public property. If you child decides to try to rummage through my bag looking for something to entertain themselves, I WILL tell them no.
3. Do not give me dirty looks when your little one is trying to climb all over me and my children demanding that we share our snacks or toys. Once again, it's not my problem that you came unprepared. Not to mention, I don't want your child climbing on me, just as you would not want mine climbing on you. Please remove your child from where I am and tell them NO!
4. Please don't try to make small talk with me. It's not that I don't like you, it's just that I really don't want to reveal to you why I'm here, where I live, how old I am, or what I do. Just let me sit and wait in peace. Please.
5. Please wear appropriate clothing No one wants to be stared down by a pair of nipples that are hanging out over the top of your shirt. NO ONE.
6. If you see small children that are within ear shot, can you please refrain from using words like "dick, fuck, and shit." I work hard to keep those words away from my children and I would appreciate not having to explain to them what those words mean.
7. Sometimes doctors run late. It's just the nature of the beast. If you don't like waiting, go to the desk and reschedule your appointment. Please don't sit there and complain for 45 minutes about how late they are and how you are going to chew them out when you get back to your room. We all know you won't do it. If you don't like waiting, just reschedule please.
8. A shower is most helpful in removing body odor. I understand we all get hot and sweaty once in a while, but if you are going to be sitting within close proximity of another, please try to care for yourself.
9. Those chairs that are in that big giant room? They are not meant for climbing or for hurdling. A waiting room is not a play ground. If your children are running around acting like fools, it reflects poorly on you. I understand that sometimes children get rambunctious. I understand that sometimes they start throwing fits. That isn't a problem. The problem is when your 9 and 10 year olds are knocking down old ladies so they can run and jump over the chairs. That is not acceptable behavior.
Do you have anything that should be added to the list?! I'm always amazed at how others act while they are waiting in waiting rooms. I want to hear some of your waiting room horror stories!