We’ve all experienced it. We go out for a nice dinner, and our meal is spoiled by some screaming, ill-mannered kid throwing a tantrum, whose parents seem to be deaf and oblivious to his or her actions. Or else they try to negotiate with the brat. Something like “If you behave and stop crying, you can have ice cream for dessert.”
Sometimes, if you shoot them enough dirty looks, they’ll explain that little Johnny has ADD, so it’s really not his fault that your evening is being ruined.
How many times have you wanted to grab little Johnny by the arm and give him a good solid whack across the rear end, but didn’t, because you know you’d end up in jail if you did. Of course, any juror in the world would probably exonerate you if they had been sitting at your table, or else suggested you whack mom or dad instead.
I’m old enough and cranky enough that I have been known to tell a parent that if they’d just spank the damn kid once, they might find out that they are raising a whole new child. You can give a kid all the timeouts in the world and get nowhere, but set their butt on fire just once, and you’ll see better results.
Don’t try to tell me that spanking a kid’s butt when he deserves it is child abuse, or that it will damage a kid’s psyche. My parents never hesitated to discipline their kids, and none of us grew up to be an ax murderer. Heck, most of us even fit pretty well into polite society! Why, just look at what a squared away citizen I am!
The owner of the Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach, North Carolina got so tired of seeing their customers’ dining experiences ruined by misbehaving children that they recently posted signs saying “Screaming Children Will NOT Be Tolerated!”
While some parents claim that the restaurant is singling out disabled children, I love it! I’d drive 50 miles out of my way to dine there, just to show my support. Wouldn’t you?
Apparently a lot of people feel the same way, because Brenda Armes, the restaurant’s owner, says business is up. Gee, people want to dine in peace and quiet. Who knew?
I bet a lot of those parents who are whining about the restaurant picking on disabled children are the same ones whose kids’ only disability is ADD, which is being Absolutely Devoid of Discipline!
When I was a youngster growing up, we had never heard of ADD. There were spoiled brats, and there were good kids. In my family, spoiled brats were not tolerated. My parents never had to negotiate with me to tell me what I’d get if I behaved, because I damned sure knew what I’d get if I didn’t behave!
The way I see it, the restaurant’s policy isn’t anti-kid, it’s anti-ignorant parents. I wish more businesses would take the same stance. How about you?
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