No Kids Allowed
I’m sure you guys have heard about the restaurant in Pennsylvania that has banned children under six. It’s gotten a ton of coverage, which is funny because we have a restaurant in my small suburban town that opened two years ago, with the same rules, no kids under six allowed. And it barely got a mention in our small local paper. I have to admit to being torn about the issue because with two small children of my own, I can definitely see both sides of the argument. No one wants a special night out ruined by a crying child (someone else’s or your own!) but the idea that all children are disruptive and can be banned from restaurants doesn’t sit well with me either. Has bad parenting really gotten us to a point where people are so annoyed by children that they are now on the same level as pets?? That is so sad and I feel like I want to adopt the pitbull-supporter cry of “There are no bad dogs, just bad owners!” and use it for kids. Right after all this hullabaloo, our friend, whose son is 11 months, came over for dinner and told us that his sister told him and his wife that they could not bring the baby to her wedding. I was horrified! I can’t imagine not letting my brother bring his baby to my wedding. What in the world is a child under one going to do that will ruin the wedding? But when I was talking with some other friends about it, support was not universal for bringing the baby and in fact, one of my friends, who has children of her own by the way, completely supports the idea that children shouldn’t be allowed at any events like weddings. Period. What about you guys? Have your opinions about children being present changed over the years? Do you feel more strongly one way or another since you’ve had kids of your own? And for fun, check out this list of tips for how to make it easier to host parties without kids.