Heehee, heehee, this makes me happy:
Not that I hate children. In fact, I really want to have kids someday. However, as a single person I'd much prefer not to deal with bad and absent parents and their
bratschildren when I'm trying to do errands if possible. I know babies cry and children have tantrums, that's what they do. I sympathize with parents who have to deal with this in public because I understand the added pressure of social stigma when dealing with unruly or unhappy children in public.
For me the real issue isn't "children being children" but it's how frazzled and frankly aggravating the combination of wild children + entitled parents can be when you're in public. My friend was telling me how it's common at one Whole Foods location in SF for women to cut in line and assert haughtily, "I have 3 kids with me!"
I've also noticed a lot of parents who seem to think their children are adorable no matter what they do and not actually parent them in public - as in they let their children run in the way of other adults, play hide and seek in racks of clothing other merchandise as you're trying to look through, and use other adults as romper room furniture. There have been more than a few times I've had kids age 10 and under do something like this to me and when I locate and look at their parent, the parent beams at me with this giant grin like they can't believe how cute their grand/kid is and how I must obviously be so amused that their child is pawing through my shit and that's why I'm staring at them. I honest to god have had more than 1 occasion where I've wanted to tell that parent "Go fuck yourself". And I think fortified by popular sentiment I shall now do so in the future! Hwahwahwa!
So no, it's not the behavior of the children so much as the delusional parent shutters and pushy entitlement of some parents that pisses me off. Apparently I am not the only one who feels this way.
I think with the 'family hours' at certain movie theaters and such the gradual separation of 'kid time' vs 'adult only time' doesn't have to be a bad thing. It'll balance out. Also, I think people with kids will find more camraderie and less grumpiness during family focused shopping/movie hours than hanging with the child haters.
By the way, I do think some of the proposed bans and attitudes are extreme and very 'I hate kids' with broad strokes. However, I think this whole 'family hours' vs 'singles hours' things could work out very favorably.
I also don't think there is a backlash against kids in the states. Kids and tweens account for way too much revenue to be shut out completely. I'm actually surprised at some of these 'no kids under 6' etc. bans but I'm guessing for those businesses it makes more economic sense to cater to child-less customers.
Anywhoo, what do you think?