Tuesday, August 08, 2006

More strangers are laying down the law to rowdy children and their parents.

When kids run amok

"I love kids. I have kids. I work with kids," she said. "But parents who think they are fabulous just for having kids need to understand the fabulous part of being a parent is having a child who respects other people."

Of course, no one is tracking how many adults have decided they have had enough. But if you believe experts and anecdotal evidence, more say they are embracing the "it takes a village approach" and demanding Mom and Dad do something to control their precious progeny.

Children are now showing up in places that, 30 years ago, would have been inconceivable. According to the National Restaurant Association, one in 10 adult diners at a "tabletop" restaurant — meaning it's not fast food — will have a child younger than 13 in tow.

The article includes tips for dealing with kids in public, for both us and for parents.

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