I’ve been running into a lot of articles, magazines, sites and what not about kids. Some all for kids, some anti-kids and some on the fence.
There is a local restaurant, McDain’s, who has BANNED children under the age of 6.
I was not a happy camper when I read that.
Lately there are parents out there who do let their youngsters run wild like little demons. Children do throw tantrums, scream and will cry. Greg and I are those parents who will either get our food to go and pay our check or we take the offending child to the van until he calms down.
Not all parents do this. Some will let their little
monster angel scream in the store, restaurant or mall.
I don’t think going so far as to ban all children under a certain age, especially from a place that claims to be family friendly, is the right decision. Is it so wrong to ask the family who is ignoring the wailing banshee to leave? Or at least take the child out of the area until they calm down? Why is it so easy for companies to simply ban all for the actions of a few.
It isn’t right nor is it fair to punish all families for the infractions of a few. Some of us do have well behaved children. Some of us do know how to raise kids, even toddlers, so that they are respectful and save the tantrums for the van and home. Like mine. Oh they’ll throw fits at our house, in the van but once we’re in public, they stop. If they’re hungry, they whine. If they’re tired, they whine. We handle it. So why punish us and demand we leave half of our family at home or with a sitter? We enjoy taking our kids out with us. We like having dinner at restaurants with our children. We’re not those parents that are constantly dumping our toddlers off on the closest babysitter so we can go out.
We take them. They like going out. They love people. Especially meeting new women and girls. They are very social boys. Why do we have to deprive them of the opportunity to enrich their little souls with new people, places and things because of a few people who are anti-child? Children are a part of society despite how much some people may hate them. Age discrimination is not right. All you’re doing is hurting your own business. These are future patrons and when we, their parents, tell them in the future how horribly they were treated as babies, toddlers and small kids, do you honestly think they’re going to give you business?
These places that ban children, do you think we parents, whether we have our kids or not, are going to frequent your establishment? No. We’re not.
Yes, there are times and places you don’t take your kids. If you’re going to an insanely fancy restaurant and your child is notorious for throwing a tantrum or being a hellion then yes, get a sitter. If it’s a movie that isn’t geared toward kids, or just for kids, and they throw tantrums, get a sitter or wait until it’s on blu-ray.
But if you’re at a “FAMILY” restaurant, DEAL WITH THE KIDS! They ARE part of the family. And remember you anti-child, miserable S.O.B’s at one point YOU were a child. You didn’t pop out of your mothers vagina a full grown adult. You were probably that miserably little monster who did throw tantrums and act like a holy terror. Deal with the fact some of us enjoy our children and not all of us are horrible parents.