Oh, Behave!

boy screamingMore and more restaurants and public facilities around the country are starting to push back at parents who let their children run wild and free in public. They are becoming increasingly vocal in asking and expecting parents to take charge and control their children.

One large sign in a New York opthamalogist’s office reads, “All unsupervised children will be given a cappuccino and a free puppy.” A Chicago restaurant posted a sign that reads, “Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices when coming to A Taste of Heaven.” That particular owner got a lot of flack from parents who complained that it’s hard to make little kids behave when they go out to eat and they shouldn’t have to. A restaurant in Minneapolis has a sign that says, ”We love children, especially when they’re tucked into chairs and behaving.” And one in California states, “Well-behaved children and parents welcome.”

Apparently, restaurant owners, other diners, and busy office staff have finally had enough of loud, unruly children wreaking havoc while their parents sip coffee, talk on their cell phones, read the paper or grab a bite to eat. Some of these parents are actually objecting to being asked to take care of their own kids. Yes indeed. And in loud, entitled voices, no less.

So the Mamas have to ask, “What’s wrong with this picture?” Oh yeah, it’s OUR JOB to teach them how to behave! Right! And unless we want an entire generation of rude, demanding, obnoxious kids and teenagers running around, we had better get busy! The entitled parent begets the entitled child after all, and it’s not a loving thing to allow your child to become the kid that nobody likes to be around.

Manners and consideration of others are critical life skills that will serve your child well for his entire life. But he’ll never learn how unless you take the time to teach him and to model it yourself, too. Okay, we’re getting off the soapbox now.

Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply

Loading

MAMAS ON DEMAND

PARENT COACHING
& CONSULTATION

With One or Both of Us


Go to AskDrMama.com & AskMamaEllen.com for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Watch This!

Keep their science muscles growing with these easy, fun experiments!

What You Said

  • paket wisata: I have read so many posts concerning the blogger lovers however this article is genuinely a nice...
  • www.gaoodgle.com: Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful...
  • ΡΥΘΜΙΣΕΙΣ ΚΟΚΚΙΝΩΝ ΔΑΝΕΙΩΝ: Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I...
  • Maggie sullivan: I have a neighbor, will holler and wave at me if i am near porch but if i try to sit in the yard, or...
  • 83Roxanna: Hi admin, i must say you have very interesting posts here. Your website can go viral. You need initial...
  • тетрадь по геометрии 8 класс атанасян 2015: Готовые домашние задания по геометрия 8 класс атанасян контрольная работа...
  • Ellen Schrier: Thank you so much! Please come back often!
  • Ellen Schrier: Hi Lisa, Sorry for the very late response. We are sorry to hear about your daughter and are sure that...
  • Lisa jacobs: My daughter was in a car accident and now has a concussion. She is plan to go to Mexico City which is a...
  • RF: Well my baby had her first two bottom theeth at 10 months old and i tought so far so good and then now at 11...

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.