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Moms Talk: Should Some Restaurants Ban Children?

One Pennsylvania diner has banned kids under the age of 6 from eating there. Is this a good call?

We're tipping our hat to Twinsburg Patch this week for extending its Moms Talk discussion to us. Read on and make sure to tell us what you think.

Let's be real here: If you go to a Chuck E. Cheese, you're going to have hundreds of screaming children. But what about that cozy little diner down the street?

One Pennsylvania restaurant recently banned children under the age of 6 from eating there, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The man told the Journal he has gotten a lot of support from people on the decision.

"I'm doing this on behalf of all the kind, refined people who have emailed me who have had meals ruined," said Mr. Vuick, a former high-school sociology and psychology teacher. "I've decided someone in our society had to dig their heels in on this issue."

So now we bring the discussion to you. What do you think about banning children from dining at certain restaurants?

Is this a good call for his particular business, or should more places take a good look at considering something similar?

Or do you find this to be in terrible taste and something to be outraged by?

Chellsea Mastroine July 27, 2011 at 02:34 PM
I have two children and although we do our best to ensure that they are on their best behavior when we go out to eat as a family, there have been times when we were put into the position to have to take our food "to go" in a pinch. When I initially read this story I was surprised by the reaction from parents who felt that their only option was Chuck E Cheese. There are plenty of kid-friendly eating establishments out there, but when it comes to up-scale dining, and I'm out sans kids, listening to the result of others' bad parenting is enough to ruin a meal. It is a private business and there are no laws against this practice. With that being said, the restaurant in question is near my parent's house and they recently ate there (thanks to the great PR they are getting) and said their meal just average. So if you are going to make a big deal about being an up-scale dining experience, your food should match your attitude.
Rojas July 27, 2011 at 04:13 PM
I think maybe some parents should be banned for not controling a situation but not children in general. If you talk about inapropriate behavior lets look at some mature adults like the 2 I recently saw at Disney World driving around in their adult scooters and smoking in a theme park clearly designed for younger better behaved clientel than these adults were. People stop saying do as I say not as I do.
LoRee DeVine July 27, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Hip Hip Huraay for Joe. I too taught my daughter at a tender young age that people go to restaurants to eat in peace and quiet, in the comfort of air conditioning, with the reward of someone waiting on them instead of them waiting on everyone at home and eating a cold meal themselves. My favorite saying was "I'm not paying my good money to listen to someone else's child while I eat". My daughter is now 34 --- and her attitude mirrors mine. If you can't control your children in your home at your own dinner table, what the heck drugs are you on that makes you think they are going to behave properly in a restaurant???
Ginny Herman July 27, 2011 at 06:48 PM
I see both sides of the argument, but I think maybe it should be the parents who are banned. Some parents think it's the children's right to do whatever they want, anywhere, be it a restaurant, store, church, etc. Parents have forgotten how to say "No" and how to leave when a child misbehaves. Now that our children are grown we do like to go to a quiet restaurant and enjoy our meal. Sometimes it's smart to go to a restaurant at a time when little ones should be home in bed.
Sonja Mitchell July 28, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Oh my God, someone finally said it. No kids allowed, music to my ears. Just stayed at an all inclusive resort in Jamaica, and to my delight it was an adults only resort. The pool was oh so quiet and inviting. The beach always clean. The restaurants were always fairly quiet, I have to admit though, some adults are rude as hell. Kid noise is different though. If you don't have them, it's like scratching a chalk board, it goes straight to the third nerve. Hey, embracing homosexuality was bound to breed a society that would be intolerant to the traditional family. This in my opinion is part of the fall out of our decision to embrace an alternative lifestyle. Get ready this is just the beginning ladies. This fall out I happen to be in favor of. People with and without kids deserve to be catered to.

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