No Kids Allowed!

Greg Belfrage talked about this Wednesday morning on his radio show.

Image if you will. You are on a date; You have just taken in movie, and want to have a quiet meal together. You stop at one your favorite eateries. As you are enjoying the wonderful meal, a family who have been traveling all day is seated in the booth behind you. The young children become a bit unruly Kicking, jumping, whining,etc. You complain to the manager, who moves you to a different table. You make a mental note that is one you will not be coming back to in the future. Problem solved, right?

The next day you go past the restaurant and notices a new sign on the door.

No Shoes

No Shirt

No Children under age 7

No Service

No Exceptions

So maybe you won’t strike them off your list of places to visit.

There are a number of stories of businesses opting to go child free.

Whole Foods Markets in Chesterfield, MO has child free shopping hours.

A Home owner’s association want to ban kids playing outside

Restaurant Bans Kids under 6.

I have had more than one dining experience disturbed by a misbehaving child. On a plane or a bus, there is at least one crying baby or some kid making he aisle their playground. I have also witnessed some exemplary manners from others, manners that some adults would do well to emulate.

Businesses have every right to ban people who might take away from the dining experience. Be it smokers, people wearing ear buds to their iPod, or talking/texting on their cell or even children. It is their business. If they are promoting an quiet atmosphere, and there are a half dozen kids playing hide and seek, it is time for them to go.

One of the many things I have learned, is that children are not small adults, they are indeed very different. They need to move around, play and explore. They also have a very low tolerance for waiting.  Sometime waiting to be seated, waiting to order, waiting for the food, waiting for the check can be just to much for a 5 year old.

Having a quiet diner is possible, only after the proper training, and maybe some table distractions.

If your kid is really wound up, mostly likely it would be best to by pass Theo’s and head for Chuck E. Cheese. (I know about the pizza there) If your child is really acting up, you shouldn’t be afraid to pick them up and go home. After all what is really important one dinner out or teaching your child they can’t get away with anything they want.

Parents need to step up and use some discretion and some discipline.

13 Replies to “No Kids Allowed!”

  1. grudznick

    I hate kids. If I could get a ride, I would frequent such an establishment and sit scowling in a dark corner. But inside, I would be laughing.

    Newland knows how I can’t stand it when there are kids around at breakfast.

  2. SD Common Sense

    If they can ban kids from restaurants, they should ban bloggers from not being able to write. “…an quiet atmosphere” or “…having a quiet diner is possible” and then there’s the classic “…just be to much.” Your writing abilities are too much.

  3. BF

    I can’t think of better proof of the hypocrisy of some “right-to-lifers” than a post like this. You’d think they’d be offering to babysit so the parents could have a night out instead of complaining about how somebody’s kids ruined their dinner.

    Hey MC, if the kid has a constitutional right to make his mother physically miserable for 9 months, s/he certainly has the right to noisy up your quiet little supper once in a while. Children are to be celebrated, big fella. They are our only hope.

    1. MC Post author

      Dr. Bill;

      I am not for or against this ‘anti-child’ trend. Just pointing out the trend.

      I love childern, even when they tie up the Min-Pin to the Radio Flyer wagon and try to go down the road.

        1. BF

          Am I wrong, MC or did you write this: “Parents need to step up and use some discretion and some discipline.”

          1. BF

            And this? “One of the many things I have learned, is that children are not small adults, they are indeed very different. They need to move around, play and explore. They also have a very low tolerance for waiting. Sometime waiting to be seated, waiting to order, waiting for the food, waiting for the check can be just to much for a 5 year old.”

            Sounds like it can be “just too much” for you, MC.

  4. Duh

    Kids are kids and that is no different than destractions put out by obnoxious morons on cell phones, slobs allowing you to hear every bite and old ladies who appear to have dumped an entire bottle of “White Diamonds” (or other vile smelling substances) perfume all over their skin. The sign should be “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Tolerance, No Service.” I do agree that what may be music to the parents’ ears are jackhammers to the rest of us. Parental control is the key. Then again, the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree sometimes and the parents were probably just as noisy as the kids are.

    BF – your comparison of “right to lifers” and annoyance of those not allowed to be killed by the parents misses the mark.