Why can’t parents control their kids when eating out!

Imagine a child hopped up on espresso with a little runt of a dog running around.

While we all love children and love having them around but sometimes going out to eat can be a real nightmare especially when we have parents who can’t seem to control their kids and let them run loose in a restaurant. 

What happened to being able to have a nice quiet meal undisturbed? The other day while having lunch with a friend in the local Sainsbury’s cafeteria I found myself wanting to go grab the mother by the scruff of the neck and  give her a few lessons in parenting. 

Now don’t get me wrong at lunchtime there are obviously going to be kids around it’s a supermarket but come on what about controlling them a little bit. Have some respect for the other diners. 

First this child ran a marathon around the cafeteria shouting and screaming at the top of her voice, a few times bumping into people carrying foods on their trays. Not once did her mother say anything to her.

If you feel your child deserves a bit of exercise… well….  hello… we have parks for this!

Finally when their food did arrive she sits her in the plastic high chair. So I thought finally some calmness but are you kidding! It was like this kid was determined to be heard and noticed and not giving anyone a moment’s peace. She starts banging her heels into the bottom of the plastic base of the high chair. 

I felt sorry for the elder couple who were at the next table, you could clearly see this was distressing to them. 

Now I’ve been in this cafeteria with a dear friend of mine and her little girl loves banging her feet of this chair too and if she can’t get her to stop she will remover her shoes. This mother did nothing while I was cringing now with a headache and the deafening noise making me wish I’d stayed at home. No management asked her to control this child or anyone else. I suppose I could have asked her to but was concerned how she might react so choose to stay quiet. She didn’t seem to care what her kid was doing so why would she care if someone asked her to stop her.

Another thing I hate about kids eating out is the mess they make! I sit there and think is this how you eat at home? Do you let  your child drop everything on the floor and spill their drink everywhere? 

There are times I want to vomit. I once watched a mother let her kid just rub everything in her hair from her plate. I overheard her tell her fellow diner that “she always does this!” Well if she always does this then teach her not to! Or better still she is only about 2 feed her your bloody self. Why do we have to sit and watch this disgusting behaviour. 

Bottom line is if you are going to eat out with your children then please control them and teach them some table manners. We have young kids in our house too and we eat out all the time and I must say they would never dream of letting them run blindly around a restaurant or sit and make a mess of their food or let it end up on the floor. They know they have to behave and they do. 

And why do mother’s let their kids out in prams in supermarkets? If you know your child is going to touch everything and pick things up and drop them or shove them in your trolley, then why let them out! Because then you spend the next 5 minutes  trying to explain why they can’t have it or you aren’t going to buy it for them! Then all we hear are screaming tantrums. Sometimes my local supermarket sounds like a day care centre.

Or…. if you know you can’t control your child and it runs all over the place like it’s bums on fire why do you let them out of the pram/trolley. If you know you are going to lose them because you are so busy shopping, why let them loose in the first place. Then it’s me and everyone else that’s got to then listen to you shouting your kids name and then you’re running frantically up and down the aisles searching for your wayward lost child. 

Please next time you are out with kids just have some consideration for the other people around you who are trying to do the same thing as you, but only with a bit of peace and quiet to go with it.

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