There’s a movement afoot. Business are starting to ban kids from their premises or limiting the times they can be there.
Yes, I am a parent. But I realize that my kids do not belong everywhere. I wish more parents understood that.
Especially when the parents let their children scream or run amok. These parents should be banned–and taught a lesson or two in parenting.
Long ago, in another life, I used to teach parenting classes. This was BK–before kids. The parents told me that I didn’t know what I was talking about. After becoming a parent, I agreed completely. But that’s how social services works: the new hire gets the crap jobs. Teaching parenting classes is bad because no one really knows the right way to parent. There are too many factors in play: the parents, the kids, the family environment…see what I mean?!
Still, as a parent, I have learned a few things here and there. So here are tips for taking your kids in public. I think if more people followed these common sense suggestions, banning kids wouldn’t have been necessary.
Keep your kids in sight at all times. Seriously, other diners and movie goers don’t think your kids are cute when they are interrupting them. Even at McDonald’s, having a kid running amok is unnecessary. Your job as a parent is to keep your kids on a leash–a pretend leash!
Kids shouldn’t interrupt adults. Yes, this is old school. But honestly, what do your kids have to offer on subjects like politics, medicine, literature? When adults are having adult conversations, kids should be quiet. If they can’t be quiet, they should be removed.
Crying kids should be taken from the room. This is a hard one, because outsiders don’t know what caused the crying. Still, we don’t want to hear it. If your child is wailing, sitting it out in the car or outside the restaurant, might make them feel better. This is especially important when other people are paying a lot of money for the experience your child is interrupting.
Follow-through on discipline threats. Again, this is a hard one for parents. Sometimes we make threats in the heat of the moment that can never be enforced (e.g., “you are grounded for life,” “I’m selling you to the circus,” etc.). Please don’t walk through Target repeating over and over, “Do that one more time, there will be consequences.” You’ve just taught your kids that your word means nothing.
Don’t laugh when your kid misbehaves and joke about his free spirit. You look like an idiot to other people. You are the parent, therefore, you are the one in charge. Not the three-year old with the mouth like a sailor. When you make a joke, we just look at you and wonder what your life is going to be like when your child becomes a teenager!
Really, this is all common sense. Remember, your child is less welcome the more expensive the event!
One last thing: Parents keep your kids in car seats! Or at least belted in! Today I passed a car with a toddler-age child hanging his head out the window like a dog. Sacred the beejesus out of me! What if there was an accident? What if the door malfunctioned and swung open? Please, protect your children!