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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

No brats allowed!

You’re probably familiar with this scene. You’re sitting in a quiet restaurant enjoying a pleasant meal with friends when suddenly the ambience is pierced by the ear-splitting wails of a child sitting just a few booths down. You wait out the minutes hoping that someone will quiet the critter, but, alas, the minutes stretch out and the wails get louder. Suddenly, all you want to do is get out of there.

If you’ve ever lived through this experience, you might appreciate the sign Chicago owner, Dan Cauley, placed in the window of his café, A Taste of Heaven: "Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices." A reasonable request, you might think. Well, to some parents, Cauley has declared his café off limits to all children.

Cauley explains that it’s not so much the children that’s at issue as it is the laxity of certain parents who refuse to reprimand or supervise their kids in public places. These are the same parents who resent anyone telling them how to raise their kids.

But for every one who have protested Cauley’s notice, there are hundreds of others around the country who have written to show their support. A letter from Alabama states in bold lettering: "In my opinion, you’re a hero! Keep it up." This sentiment is growing as the new culture of laid-back-let-'em-do-what-they-want parenting seems to be rapidly increasing. These parents don’t seem to understand that the rest of society has a right to peace and enjoyment and that this right is being infringed upon by their laxness.

Cauley is not alone in setting limits on the children who are brought to his establishment. Other business owners are also frustrated at children running around unsupervised, breaking decibel levels and just creating havoc. The Bellagio in Las Vegas will not even take guests under 18 without special permission.

I’m not a parent, but I can understand how frustrating it is for parents to find sitters so they can have a night out. Still, they should also realize that others are seeking an enjoyable night out too, and that the enjoyment is quickly expunged by ill-behaved children.

It’s a reasonable expectation that children will act up. It is not reasonable to expect that you as a parent won’t reprimand or supervise your children. And for those of you who refuse to do your parental duties, you’re in need of some serious time-out. Or a good spanking.

Per MSNBC News.

Sharon Cullars Coffee Talk at 12/07/2005 11:29:00 AM Permanent Link     | | Home


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