QUOTE(Philharmonica @ Sep 12 2006, 07:27 AM)
A month ago, my little cousins came over to play. And, like all children, they instantly scrambled over to my piano in the living room and just started bashing it with everything they got. My aunt was encouraging them too..."Making music," she said.
Without wanting to sound a boring old f**t, I think I would have said something. Children (even from a very young age) should be taught to respect other peoples property and even more so when it is something that requires extra respectful handling.
Excuses such as, "oh but he/she is only young", are pathetic. If they don't understand what you are saying and continue to inflict abuse on something, then the child should be removed from the situation. If they cry, tough, they need to learn that they can't just do as they please.
I hope these children do not go to a house where there are even more fragile muscial instruments and remains unchecked in their behaviour. Toddlers and young children are amazingly strong; brute force can quickly bend keys on woodwind instruments and pull bridges down on violins!!! I once saw a four or five year old pull the hair from a cello bow! To add insult to injury, the mother of the child laughed about it, which not only shocked the staff, but also the other customers in the shop at the time. With a reaction like that from a parent, what sort of message was the child getting!!