|If this were my daughter I'd kick my own ass.|
Of course, there’s a metric fuck ton of outcry over this. Parents are saying that they’re being discriminated against, and some people have complained that it’s wrong to deny service to rowdy children while not denying service to rowdy adults that sit at the bar. So the question I have is two fold: is this discrimination, and are parents of the kids overreacting?
I would answer no to the first part, and possibly yes to the second part. And mind you, this is coming from a parent of two small children; my son being 6 and my daughter 3.
This is not discrimination. In any public place, especially those that are privately owned, there are rules of conduct and decorum that those in charge of said establishments are perfectly within their rights to create and enforce. Are small children allowed in a court of law? Are screaming babies allowed in office buildings or places of work?
“But Jack, those are places in which serious business is conducted. Restaurants are places for recreation.” That may be true, but who’s to say that places of recreation can’t have standards of conduct and decorum?
Here’s my personal sentiment on it. I’m divorced, a single dad, and because I know that whenever I take my kids out by myself, I’m the only one that will be responsible for containing them. If I have any inkling that my kids are going to act up and be a pain in the ass, I just simply won’t take them. If they’re being good, and I am confident that they’ll behave, then I am more willing to take them places.
It’s all about common courtesy. I would not appreciate sitting next to a screaming child who can’t be contained, so why would I insist on my right to subject others to that same torture? Someone in the article mentioned that these parents who are outraged are selfish, and I’m inclined to agree. Is going out to have a meal so important that you completely disregard the comfort and enjoyment of others? To me, it’s not.
When you become a parent you have to make sacrifices. One of those sacrifices is not being able to go out as often as you’d like. Now some parents have it good: their kids are extremely well behaved in social settings. My kids are fairly well behaved, so I don’t have a lot of trepidation taking them out. But not all kids are like that, and if you know your kid is a god damned terror, why make others suffer?
To those parents, you know you’re in the wrong. Would you take your screaming kid to the movie theater? Would you take your pain in the ass child to anything that requires a calm, quiet setting? If you’re one of the types that have no regard for others, then you likely do take your wild ass kids to places where quiet is demanded. That is wholly selfish, and it says to me that you’re only concerned with your enjoyment.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t particularly enjoy myself when my kids are out of hand. So why the hell would I take them out so I can have a good time when I know they will probably ruin it on that particular day? Perhaps I think more than the average parent, but this shit seems to be common sense to me.