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Posted by Nanny Knows Best
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on Monday, 27 October 2014
Children are messy. Sometimes loud, naughty and frustratingly disobedient. And yet there are parents who expect cafes and restaurants to smile politely as they step over little Sarah in the midst of a tantrum or balance a tray of hot drinks as Mr Timmy dashes past.

"If you are looking for a cafe with a children’s menu, baby chinos, a play area, lounges for your children to jump on, vast space for your prams, an area for your children to run rampant, and annoy other customers, whilst you are oblivious to them - then the short answer is No we are not child friendly," was the online response from a café owner who had one too many exasperating moments.

And rightly so.

It perplexes me why parents imagine their little darlings would somehow miraculously become little angels when dining out or that fellow customers could be enchanted by their disruptive misbehaviour.

"I have been subjected to children emptying salt and pepper shakers into my fireplaces, parents changing nappies on my lounges, kids grinding their own food into my carpet, parents sitting babies in nappies in the middle of dining tables, kids running around the cafe like it's a formula 1 track, jumping on the furniture, screaming - just for fun - not pain, and encouraged by their parents, upsetting the rest of the customers and I'd really just had enough,” the post continues.

Parents, nannies, grannies, and pops, I blame you for putting too much responsibility on the children in your care. Why do you expect them to behave differently from when you ask them to sit still at your dinner table at home?

So before you venture out with the mini-me’s in tow, check out the child-friendly establishments who welcome you with open arms. They love chaos, the crumbs, are deaf to the squeals, have extra toys if you’ve forgot yours, and most of all; they want you to come back again, and again.

And let me allow our weary café owner the last word.

"And yes, I am a mother. A single mother at that. Instead of being a "burden" on society, I scrimped every last penny and put it into this cafe, and I'm very proud of it. When I have to stand there and watch people disrespect and damage MY belongings and property, it breaks a piece of my heart every time”.


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