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Moms Talk: Restaurants and Airlines Say No to Kids

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Kristi's question: What do you think about recent child bans in several places that are meant to be quiet and/or relaxing? 

You heard it correctly. No kids allowed!

Recently, airlines have discussed and implemented bans on children from sitting in the first-class section of airplanes, sparking all kinds of feedback from people on both sides of the argument.

Well, apparently, airlines aren't the only ones embracing the ban on kids!

Now, there is a Pennsylvania restaurant that has some parents up in arms because they are banning children under the age of 6 from eating at their restaurant. The new policy goes into effect on Friday.

The owner supports his decision to keep the tots out by saying that the kids have become more and more unruly throughout the years and that they can't be controlled. He simply doesn't want that kind of atmosphere for his restaurant.

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Kristi C July 13, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Don't hate me, but this doesn't really offend me. I'd like to think that parents are smart enough to know, when taking their kids to restaurants (and other places), which establishments are appropriate for children and which are not....however from what I have witnessed, not all are. Besides, why would you even want to take your children to a restaurant that isn't appropriate? Chances are they won't have a kid's menu and you will spend your entire meal trying to keep them quiet. I would save that place for a date night. I'm a little more torn on the 1st class issue because you pay the same amount for that seat whether it is a kid or adult (and I don't want to be banned from 1st class...). I was on an international flight though where there were 4 kids in 1st class who screamed bloody murder the entire flight and left the area in and around their seats a complete and total mess. After the flight, they pulled everyone who was in 1st class aside and, I'm sure, issued them vouchers. I know it is difficult/impossible to always have control over your children, but we should all use our best judgement in social situations.
Kristi Gilbert July 13, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Well said, Kristi C (must be your brilliant first name!). I agree with you 100%. As a Mom of a toddler, I know better than to go to certain spots, at certain times of the day--as well as which places to avoid altogether. There is a time and place for kids. And yes, parents should think twice (and about others) when making decisions on when and where to tote the kiddos.
Liz July 13, 2011 at 07:11 PM
I think it is a good idea. I have a 7 yr old and 4 yr old, and I know their limits! If they are misbehaving at home before we head out to dinner, we simply cancel the dinner out. Sadly, many do not do that, and then we all have to suffer. One kid throwing a fit can start more kids bad behavior just by the noise level. Kids need to learn proper behaviors outside the house, and going out for dinner is one of those places. If your kids do not have the ability to sit and eat quietly, then stay home and teach it to them. I do not want to wrangle my kids because of some obnoxious kid who cannot behave and parents who choose to ignore it or simply smile and say "sorry" and not handle the situation.
sam cornett July 14, 2011 at 02:37 AM
My wife and I don't blame the kids, it's the parents!!! Common sense and common courtesy come to mind. After 30 years in retail with kids out of control, several multi hour plane trips with screaming kids, and what should have been quiet evenings out with more undisciplined kids runnning around the restaurant, I am all for someone taking the lead, if the parents are not going to be responsible. Thank you very much! Let me know which restaurant and I will patronize on this reason alone.
Carbon Dated July 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM
What is the difference between banning unruly children from a restaurant and banning unruly anything? No reasonable person would argue that I should be allowed to bring my yapping dog into an eatery, or that I myself should be allowed to act like a ...a, well, yes, like a child when in the company of adults trying to enjoy a meal. In other words, parents, I shouldn't be forced to suffer your brats any more than I should have to endure your farts and tapdancing. Get a babysitter and leave them home. I do have a problem with the airlines ban, however. If the little monsters are banned from first class, it means there will be more of them in coach. Screw that. Ban them from flying altogether. In fact, keep them out of my sight entirely until they're of age, like 50.
RegularGuy July 14, 2011 at 03:33 PM
I think kids should some benefit of the doubt in restaurants. I've seen both very well-behaved kids and I've seen some real terrors. Let them in, but if they lose control (one of mine did once - only once) then box up their meal and ask them to leave. You can't exactly do the same thing on an airplane without breaking all kinds of laws.

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