Ok, I just HAVE to vent. I have about had it up to *here* with parents who make NO effort to control their children. It ruins some aspects of daily life for the rest of the people around them, and makes those of us who have yet to have children wary and seriously consider permanent sterilization.
Dh and I went out to eat tonight, and this couple came in with three small children (around ages 5 to about 2), all girls. The couple was young, about age of myself and dh (29). Long story short, all three of their children spent the last 1/2 hour of our meal LITERALLY running around the restaurant and SCREAMING/screeching. The parents did NOTHING to stop them. And I mean NOTHING. There were other patrons in the restaurant besides us (it was Pizza Hut, which ain't the ritz, but it's not mcdonald's w/a play place either), too. It drove me UP THE WALL. At one point the kids were screeching so loudly that I couldn't even understand what my dh was SAYING to me.
I guess I could have/should have said something to them, but man....you never know in this day and age when or if someone is gonna go off on you for something like that. Not ONE of the employees said anything, either.
I'm all for letting kids run around 'appropriate' places like playgrounds, playrooms, back yards, private homes, but I'm sorry a restaurant is no place to let the kiddies run wild. Aside from it being RUDE, it's also STUPID. A waitress could've tripped over one of those kids with a hot pizza or glass bottle on their tray. Or the little one could've been seriously hurt when she was using the tables and chairs as her personal jungle gym, which, btw, is GROSS AND UNSANITARY.
I dunno. After tonight, I swear I felt my ovaries and uterus retreat deep within the nether regions of my abdomen in fear/protest!!!!
Aug 24, '02
kids need a schedule; in that i agree...... that is where you come in. you feed them when they are hungry....distract them when they need, make sure they get plenty of fresh air and exercise as needed; but you TRAIN THEM HOW TO BEHAVE IN PUBLIC...if you never take them out, they will behave like they have never been out, period. You eventually learn to mesh schedules; and you learn when it may not be a good time to take them out to dinner. ......but.... It works out, trust me. I have done this w/two very stubborn kids. I want them to be comfortable in ANY social situation and to know to act when they are not in my sight later on.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 24, '02