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Janell, who is an ongoing contributor at Secrets of Moms, emailed me this piece in reaction to this article. While I’m not sure that I’m on board with The No Kids Allowed Movement, I am quite sure that one of the problems leading to this movement is that some parents are not teaching their children basic manners and are letting their kids run wild. Some parents are getting lazy or find it easier (in the moment, but it won’t be easier long-term) to not discipline their kids. I think the real issue is that parents need to step up to the plate and teach their kids how to be respectful and behave in public.
I wish this were more of a Teach Your Children Basic Manners Movement. :)
This may be going too far in some cases but I can see where it came from. People have simply stopped getting a babysitter and therefore seem to think they can take their kids anywhere. We actually stopped going to the movie theater after too many late evening adult movies were ruined by some four-year old screaming because it was too scary, or they were tired, or bored. And the parents often did nothing to quiet their child or remove them from the theatre. I specifically remember a viewing of one of the Spiderman movies (rated PG-13) where some little kid wouldn’t stop screaming during the fight scene. I realize that these are comic book movies but they are not made for small children, hence the rating! It was really the last straw for me as it ruined my movie viewing experience.
I love children, my own and other people’s children, but often my husband and I get a sitter and go to an adult place so that we can have some adult time without the interruptions of kids. If people bring their
kids to adult movies and restaurants where are weary parents to go for a break? So I say Yea! to the no kids movement. Maybe I will even start going to the movie theatre again.
What do you think? Have you ever had a night out ruined by someone else’s kids in an adult setting.