As many of you know, Craig and I do not have kids. But many of our friends do. And here is something I've noticed (Those of you with kids of your own, feel free to chime in here.) Today's parents bring their kids everywhere!
We have a 10 game Milwaukee Brewer ticket pack and there is a family behind us that brings their young boy to every game. He is around 3 years old I would guess. And he cannot sit still. Those people are in the middle of a row and they are up and down over a dozen times in a game between trying to watch the game they paid for and trying to keep the kid happy. He's knocked over beers. He's kicked people (including me) in the head. I have no idea why they can't leave him with a baby sitter.
When I was a young kid my parents went out very little. When they did go out they often left us with family who would babysit myself and my sister. I didn't get to go to athletic events or Summer Fest or the Arts Festival or to dinner at nice restaurants. I remember a few trips to the zoo and one trip to the public museum; a few camping trips to the Dells where we'd stay in a relative's camper we'd borrow; a couple of weddings; two kids films with my mom. Until my sister and I were old enough to sit for a couple of hours and quietly behave I do not remember us going out to do much.
These days it seems like parents bring their children everywhere. What ever happened to babysitters? Is it that teen age girls, the typical babysitters, aren't mature enough to watch people's kids any more? Is it that parents leave their kids in schools and day care all day and feel guilty not being with them the rest of the day? Do parents now feel that their kids are good enough or deserve to be able to go to these places that parents didn't used to bring the kids to? Do parents feel that they have the right to infringe on the peace of others at that restaurant or movie or Brewer Game, where the parents of the past didn't want to inconvenience others at such places?
I am all for families being together. However I do not think that every event or public place is appropriate for parents to bring their children along. You love your kids - but don't expect everyone else to love them too.