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(DNA Info)   When you're dining out, do you roll your eyes when a couple brings a stroller up to their table? What about when they bring an entire crib?   (dnainfo.com) divider line 18
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2013-07-12 12:21:13 AM
4 votes:

Bob Falfa: Forty-Two: Stroller? Meh.
Crib? Aw, hells naw.

That.


Depending on the place even a stroller is inappropriate.  Babies are unpredictable, they can start fussing, crying, and making a scene without warning.  At a family oriented place it's not a big deal as long as the kid is generally well behaved.  At higher end places if you have a kid and can't afford a babysitter, you should consider that a sign that you can't afford to go out.
2013-07-12 09:55:06 AM
2 votes:

Forty-Two: "Eating out becomes this balancing act of keeping your kid happy and getting food in your mouth," said Vita Rayhkman.

Okay. I'm less than a month away from giving birth to my first child, so I realize that I'm about to reexamine my opinion on  everything, particularly when it comes to children...but this doesn't sound right. If you're spending the money to eat out, you should be able to enjoy your meal. In my completely naïve opinion that will probably change a few months from now when I'm desperate to get out of the house and reclaim some semblance of the life I once led (though I hope I'll have the means to hire a babysitter), it sounds like her kid might not be ready for restaurants yet.


As someone without children (but whose friends all have kids), I can still empathize with parents who want to reclaim their "adult" lives. (I'm not one of those strident child-hating people who use derogatory names like breeder or crotchfruit; I'm just a woman who doesn't have kids.) The fact you're about to be a mom & are even concerned about the issue of disruptive kids tells me you'll be a good parent, so have no fear. :)

Most people know that young children will fuss (or occasionally melt down) from time to time at restaurants. The best thing you can do in that situation is simply to show that 1) you're aware of the situation, and 2) you're making a legitimate effort to fix it. Watching a parent walking around with/trying to soothe a crying child gets a whole lot more sympathy than seeing someone tune out his/her screeching toddler.
2013-07-12 09:54:42 AM
2 votes:

kobrakai: God Is My Co-Pirate: Babies aren't the problem. Babies sleep. Toddlers are the problem.

I'll go one step further (as a single father to an almost 6 y.o.) and say the parents are the problem. Don't let your damn kids think they're the center of the universe for fark's sake. You WILL regret it.


Right!  Mine are 2 and 4.  North America has this weird worship of children (won't somebody think of them!) but then wants to shuttle them off to McDonalds and Chuck E Cheese, and mall food courts when they're teenagers, and then wonders why A) they're all fat and B) they can't socialize with adults.

Children have to learn to control themselves in adult spaces, and they learn by having a good time with their parents.  Plenty of other countries have entire families eating out at good restaurants with no problems.
2013-07-12 09:27:22 AM
2 votes:

Forty-Two: "Eating out becomes this balancing act of keeping your kid happy and getting food in your mouth," said Vita Rayhkman.

Okay. I'm less than a month away from giving birth to my first child, so I realize that I'm about to reexamine my opinion on  everything, particularly when it comes to children...but this doesn't sound right. If you're spending the money to eat out, you should be able to enjoy your meal. In my completely naïve opinion that will probably change a few months from now when I'm desperate to get out of the house and reclaim some semblance of the life I once led (though I hope I'll have the means to hire a babysitter), it sounds like her kid might not be ready for restaurants yet.


Babies aren't the problem.  Babies sleep.  Toddlers are the problem.

Still, I take mine out to restaurants because it's good for them to learn manners, to learn that they're not the centre of the universe, and to learn to eat more things than just chicken nuggets.
2013-07-11 11:53:39 PM
2 votes:
Stroller? Meh.
Crib? Aw, hells naw.
2013-07-12 11:07:00 PM
1 votes:
My oldest has Down's. We plan and prepare as much as possible, but sometimes a meltdown will happen. When it does, one of us will take her outside while the other pays and gets the remaining food to go. I figure, it was our decision to have kids, which means it should be our sacrifice of a meal if she has a meltdown, not the sacrifice of anyone else out for a nice time.
2013-07-12 02:49:33 PM
1 votes:
If you can't afford a sitter... my dog would be happy to sit in your house and guard your kids.

/will also cover them with slobber free of charge
2013-07-12 12:09:55 PM
1 votes:
I don't mind kids at a restaurant, even if they fuss a little, as long as the parents keep them under a reasonable amount of control. If they're running around unsupervised or go into full on melt down and the parents just throw up their hands, that's when I get pissed.

/Nothing against breast feeding in public either. Everyone's got to eat.
//But go to the goddamn restroom to change a daiper. That's an issue of sanitation.
2013-07-12 11:29:52 AM
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: Babies aren't the problem.  Babies sleep.  Toddlers are the problem.

Still, I take mine out to restaurants because it's good for them to learn manners, to learn that they're not the centre of the universe, and to learn to eat more things than just chicken nuggets.


I think you have this backwards.

First you teach them manners, that they aren't the centre of the universe, and to eat things other than chicken nuggets.

Then you take them out on the practical trials (i.e. to restaurants).
2013-07-12 11:26:01 AM
1 votes:
Always a fun time when people get annoyed by something that's allowed. Like when people get pissed at smokers smoking in a place that allows smoking. Smokers smoke. Babies cry. Toddlers act out.

It's like going to an orgy and being offended by all the sex.

Love it.
2013-07-12 10:33:19 AM
1 votes:
but didn't want to turn the couple away after they had gone to the trouble of pushing it down street.

So instead they chose to encourage their idiotic behavior.
2013-07-12 10:16:26 AM
1 votes:

StandsWithAFist: Forty-Two: "Eating out becomes this balancing act of keeping your kid happy and getting food in your mouth," said Vita Rayhkman.

Okay. I'm less than a month away from giving birth to my first child, so I realize that I'm about to reexamine my opinion on  everything, particularly when it comes to children...but this doesn't sound right. If you're spending the money to eat out, you should be able to enjoy your meal. In my completely naïve opinion that will probably change a few months from now when I'm desperate to get out of the house and reclaim some semblance of the life I once led (though I hope I'll have the means to hire a babysitter), it sounds like her kid might not be ready for restaurants yet.

As someone without children (but whose friends all have kids), I can still empathize with parents who want to reclaim their "adult" lives. (I'm not one of those strident child-hating people who use derogatory names like breeder or crotchfruit; I'm just a woman who doesn't have kids.) The fact you're about to be a mom & are even concerned about the issue of disruptive kids tells me you'll be a good parent, so have no fear. :)

Most people know that young children will fuss (or occasionally melt down) from time to time at restaurants. The best thing you can do in that situation is simply to show that 1) you're aware of the situation, and 2) you're making a legitimate effort to fix it. Watching a parent walking around with/trying to soothe a crying child gets a whole lot more sympathy than seeing someone tune out his/her screeching toddler.


If they want to reclaim their adult lives, they should use a babysitter, and reclaim their adult lives.  Can't afford a sitter? Work out an arrangement with another young family where some nights you take care of their kids & they get to go out, and some nights they do the same for you.

Not farking rocket science.
2013-07-12 09:40:30 AM
1 votes:
Get a ****ing babysitter, or get takeout.  OR, invent a sound-cancelling device that you can place on the neck of any child that mutes their screams, then make wearing one mandatory for children in public spaces.
2013-07-12 09:40:00 AM
1 votes:
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Steve Wynn doesn't even allow strollers on his Vegas casino/hotel property.  Suck it, junior.
2013-07-12 09:39:45 AM
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: Babies aren't the problem. Babies sleep. Toddlers are the problem.


I'll go one step further (as a single father to an almost 6 y.o.) and say the parents are the problem. Don't let your damn kids think they're the center of the universe for fark's sake. You WILL regret it.
2013-07-12 09:38:07 AM
1 votes:
My kids never saw the inside of a restaurant until they were capable of controlling themselves and were properly napped before hand.
2013-07-12 07:31:58 AM
1 votes:
If it was anyplace more expensive than Denny's, I would ask to be moved. Every restaurant should have a "family" area and a "couples" area, for this purpose.

/why I sit at the bar.
2013-07-12 12:32:02 AM
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: Babies are unpredictable, they can start fussing, crying, and making a scene without warning.


and if they don't smell like some type of excretion then they smell like baby powder.  No wai.
 
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