Friday, July 15, 2011
Control Screaming Kids?
Surely, you jest!
I had to chuckle grimly a bit over this little story. Apparently, a restaurant wants to ban the under-6 crowd from their establishment because older clientele complained about their "unruly" behavior.
I read with interest, because I've been greatly annoyed by trying to eat an expensive dinner in an upscale establishment, with a 5-year-old boy at the next table lying on the floor kicking and screaming, and his oblivious parents doing nothing about it. The article goes on to discuss the behavior of kids on airplanes, and the resultant furor.
But then, do parents dare do anything about their kids' tantrums in this Spockian statist day and age? These days, if a parent so much as says "boo" at their kid in a public place -- much less warm the brat's rear -- they get turned in to the child protection authorities and possibly arrested for abuse. Even though corporal punishment by parents is still legal in the U.S.
I'm not posting this to get into another knock down-drag out on the merits of corporal punishment. But I have to laugh at the complaints of society about bratty kids when society itself contributes to the problem by over-policing how parents correct their children.