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 Children under age
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.
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.