Wednesday, July 27, 2011

No Kids Allowed Movement

I've been seeing some news articles about the "No Kids Allowed" movement. There are a lot of strong feelings on both sides. Parents are, understandably, upset about being discriminated against. Those without children are thrilled to see places they can go and not have to deal with children. I'm kind of in the middle. I can see both sides, and I think--if done in moderation--that such a movement might work for everyone. The first time I read about this, it was a restaurant that had specific hours that were adults only. Children were welcome at other times. I do not see why this would be a problem as the hours that children were not allowed were evenings anyway... responsible parents have their children home in bed at that time anyway. Those are the hours that children are cranky and should not be in restaurants. Now I have heard of many other places banning kids--restaurants, airplanes, stores... My thoughts on this... I think grocery stores banning children is ridiculous. Otherwise... well... I can perfectly understand childless people wanting some peace and quiet. On the rare occasions that I have childcare and am able to get out without my children, I want an evening out. It is annoying to have to deal with someone else's kid when I'm trying to get away from my own for just a little while. Does that make me a bad person? Depends on who you talk to.

I consider myself a courteous person. I'm always hyper-sensitive about my kids when I'm out. I have noticed that many people are not so considerate. There are annoying, crying, and obnoxious children everywhere. That's part of life and being out in a social environment. I don't think that's a bad thing since children do need to learn social graces and parents should be able to be out and do things they enjoy and they can't exactly choose when to take their kids and when to leave them. However, should we be angry with the people who are not used to children, do not enjoy children, and seek out places where their interaction with children is limited? I say give these people their places they can go specifically to get away from children. It will be easier for the rest of us parents if these people are in their own corners instead of out among the general populace glaring at our children and making parents feel bad for wanting some kind of life away from home. Plus it gives us parents a place to escape on the rare nights we are able to be out by ourselves!