No Screaming Kids Allowed In This Restaurant!
Why should parents let kids go crazy?
-Carrie Vining Spanier
Screaming Children Will NOT Be Tolerated! is what the sign reads in the window of Olde Salty’s restaurant, in Carolina Beach, NC. Not tolerated? Wait, are parents supposed to actually, you know, parent? No wonder so many feathers are ruffled!
Just the mere mention of this topic starts as many arguments as any political issue.
Here’s how it goes: We’re too hard on kids today! You’re not hard enough! We expect too much! You let them act like little animals while we text and talk on your cells! What’s with our new generation of parents, anyway? Are we so distracted and self-absorbed that we have forgotten our own manners? Have we become so entitled that we think our kids can do anything they want? My parents would never have let me get away with that!
Is that really true? Did our parents rule us with such a firm hand? Well, if you ask my mom, Judi Vining, she’ll tell you! Just the other night at a family dinner, I mentioned this little piece I was beginning to write and that alone set the table ablaze. “When you were little, Carrie, I spent more time outside than in my seat actually eating,” Mom proudly announced. “If you and your sister didn’t behave, we were gone! Not a discussion, it wasn’t up to the restaurant. It was our problem to deal with, .and we did!” I do remember the parking lot of one restaurant quite well.