I have been reading that here in the states, diners are requesting not only a smoke-free environment, but also a child-free one too. I have heard a gentleman say this outloud in a restaurant. I spent 45 minutes at Chile's trying to eat my dinner while a newborn was being held 6 inches from my ear - screaming! Keep those kids at home until they can behave in public! I pay to eat at a nice restaurant, enjoy a rare night out with my husband, and it's bedlam in most restaurants. Stay home with the little ones! Or get a baby-sitter. I did.
I don't mind the children - I mind the dumb parents, who do not teach their kids to behave themselves. And one thing I hate especially is when someone brings his or her kid along to a grown-up party. Especially if it is a party at my place. One of my friends used to do that quite often. I don't have kids myself, and no one else brings kids when coming to see me, she's the only one. So there is nothing to amuse a kid with at my place, no toys, nothing of the kind, and no one to play with, because the other guests didn't come to play with kids, they came to have a drink and a real "grown-up" chat, if you know what I mean So the kid very naturally got bored, and started behaving outrageously, just to get some attention, and the mother started yelling at her to make her behave.... Spoilt the evening for herself and her kid, not to mention me and my guests. Why do people with kids so often have to drag them along anywhere they go?