1. 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 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!!!!

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  3. by   Robin61970
    I hate it when people don't watch or control their kids.......that drives me nuts. When I waited tables I would make comments such as.....oh sweety.....don't run you might fall and hit your head(loudly) or oh now I just cleaned that table don't get your little fingerprints all over it.....If all else failed I would ask the parents to keep them at the table because someone complained(whether it was true or not).....this is just ridiculous......
  4. by   live4today
    Originally posted by shay

    I dunno. After tonight, I swear I felt my ovaries and uterus retreat deep within the nether regions of my abdomen in fear/protest!!!!

    AAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!! for those parents.....they've probably made some kind of pack with the girls that you can run around Pizza Hut until we get you home, then off to bed without a word or we won't take you out to eat with us again.

    So.....the kids ran wild as they were obviously permitted to do. I can't stand scenes like that myself, and I know I would have said doubt about that! :kiss
  5. by   Vsummer1
    I was at the mall today and had the exact same thought! Except it was more of a "with all the child abductions lately, how could parents just let their kids run wild?"

    We were not impressed!
  6. by   Brownms46
    shay ....that has to be my biggest pet peeve about going out to eat! Also in the movies too! I see it all too often, and wonder constantly how the parents can be soo inconsiderate of others.

    This is one of the reason why I LUV being here in the PHX area. They have a service where for a $5.00 delivery can order from over 150 resturants...and eat in the comfort, and quiet of your home! Yesssssss I no longer have to put up with loud people, or loud kids!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I believe young children should be taken on outings to learn how to behave in such situations. I have taken mine out since infancy. And even my TODDLER knows DAMN well she better NOT move from the table til we are done and is NOT allowed to scream screech or behave obnoxiously. Yes, at 3 she understands. NO WE DON"T TAKE HER TO 5 STAR restaurants in Seattle, but we DO got to SIT DOWN DINNERS and I am proud to say my kids handle it beautifully 9 times out of 10. It is all in how you raise them if you ask me. I am so sorry for your ruined dinner. parents like that suck. period.
  8. by   shay
    Blueyes, I totally agree!! Kids SHOULD be taken out to eat so they can learn how to just drove me absolutely nuts that these parents were doing NO teaching!!! ARrrrrrrrrrrgggghhhhhh!
  9. by   fergus51
    Definitely with you shay! Feel the same way about unruly pets and men....
  10. by   Heather333
    Even better when you are stuck on an airplane with 3 screaming toddlers for 5 straight hours. I kept giving the parents dirty looks....they didn't get the hint.

    I agree, if they can't behave in public, they should stay home.

  11. by   Jenny P
    you know, when my "dear" dtr was little, she screamed if ANYTHING interfered with HER schedule! and she was jsut a baby when that started! I ate so many meals inthe car (crying) because WE were not on HER schedule! I shouldn't even comment here; but I think that if I could do it (even though she made my life miserable at times) then other parents can too. My dtr would be smiling and happy one minute; then downright NASTY within minutes-- and stay that way til she got her way (Hmmmm, I guess she hasn't changed too much in 19 yrs some times)!
  12. by   eldernurse
    You have probably run across my son and his children. When my husband and I take the herd to the mall, they listen and obey, OR ELSE! When my son had his first daughter he "baby-proofed" his house so he wouldn't have to tell the little precious one the word "NO". I warned him that he was now the parent and he was the only one who could teach her self control. He didn't listen to me. She has no self control. With him, she is an animal at every store and restaurant. She doesn't pull that $hit with me unless he is around. What do these present day parents think parenting is all about? Let's be friends? Phooey.
    I think parents whos children ruin a perfectly good dinner in a restaurant for you should pay for your dinner.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    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
  14. by   shay
    Eldernurse, my dh and I are constantly shaking our heads at the LACK of parenting we see in our generation. It's disgusting. This whole 'reason with your child' phenomenon blows me away too....SINCE WHEN CAN YOU 'REASON' WITH A 2 YEAR OLD?????????:chuckle