A restaurant in North Carolina recently banned children under the age of five. They were forced to make the decision after parents refused to lower the volume of their son’s ipad game even though surrounding diners complained it was intrusive.
Both supporters and detractors have jumped in to comment, but I think my vote would have been to throw the parents out, and bring the little boy over to my table and actually engage him in conversation instead of shoving a computer screen in his face. The problem in this situation wasn’t the child, but the belligerent parents.
The first rule of Southern manners, is to always make others around you comfortable. It goes back to, “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.”
I suspect if this parental duo ever had someone blast loud noise at them while they were trying to dine, they’d come unglued at the thought of such inconsiderate behavior.
I was lunching (much more fancy that just “eating lunch”) with my dearest friend Kay Kay. She and I were celebrating something or the other, since like me, she can turn finding a ladybug into a party. A couple with two children were seated next to us and the young’uns set in to screaming, throwing food, tossing napkins and yelping to the point we had to suspend our conversation. The restaurant owner attempted to control the situation, but the parents looked clueless — because they were. Little did the parents know they were seated next to two savvy elementary education experts who have controlled entire cafeterias full of wild children with the highly skilled teacher “look,” which causes children to hush, shudder, and gulp. . . . Please click HERE to see the rest of the story at AL.com.