Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Kids in restaurants: yea or nay?
Where do you stand on the kids in restaurants controversy? The New York Times article "Rowdy Children in Coffee Shops" has been at the top of the most e-mailed story list all week. It was picked up all over the web, including of course on Amy Alkon's blog, where she titled her piece more colorfully -- "Get Your Brat Out of My Face!" Amy is famously anti-small children in restaurants, happily documenting each surly, screeching toddler at the Rose Cafe on her blog. I guess I don't hang out at coffee shops that much, because I find screaming children at Target and Trader Joe's to be a much bigger problem, but despite being a parent, I guess I'll come down on the anti-kid side here. If you need a muffin that badly, then get your kid to behave. If you have the kind of kid who doesn't always behave in public, take them to places where they won't be noticed. Zankou Chicken never seemed to care what mine did, but it didn't occur to me to take them to fancier places because it just seemed like I wouldn't have that much fun with them there. They're fine now that they can play with their cell phones -- you just have to wait it out.
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