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December 10th, 2008, 04:35 AM
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I just read a post on another site saying, " I want my morning coffee in peace. Keep your bratty kids out of Starbuck's!!!" What do you think about this? I think everyone has a right to be there and realize parents and kids aren't perfect.
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December 10th, 2008, 04:55 AM
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Personally, that's too bad for them. If you are going to be in public, then chances are, you are going to run into people with kids. Everyone has thier own opinion of what a "bratty" child is. From that comment, it sounds like someoen who doesn't have kids yet, so I would put much faith into thier opinion in the first place.
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December 10th, 2008, 06:41 AM
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I'll be the dissenter, and already feel the disagreements coming on. I don't agree with the term "brat", but I do think that parents should keep their children out of public places as long as they can't act appropriately. Some kids will have bad days, absolutely, that is one thing. But we've all seen children who go above and beyond acceptable public behavior whose parents are all too willing to excuse it as childlike. Take them to McDonalds and get your coffee. There is a line when the behavior of your child infringes on the public. Ada tests me in public because she's learned that it is difficult for me to reprimand her in public. My children will behave in public, and will never be mistaken for a bratty child. If they by chance do decide to show their tails, then I will apologize and leave.
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December 10th, 2008, 07:23 AM
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I'll be the dissenter, and already feel the disagreements coming on. I don't agree with the term "brat", but I do think that parents should keep their children out of public places as long as they can't act appropriately. Some kids will have bad days, absolutely, that is one thing. But we've all seen children who go above and beyond acceptable public behavior whose parents are all too willing to excuse it as childlike.[/b]
I have to agree...its hard to really get the whole story from just that one comment. I for one don't think everyone should have to make allowances for my kids everywhere I go- they're mine and its my job to keep them in line. It does bug me when I take my family to a sit down restaurant (or worse yet - get a sitter and go out with my dh) and then have to listen to some kid act up and run around the restaurant the whole time. All kids have their moments - but if they can't pull it together then its time to take them out for a while. There's also a difference in like the grocery store or bank (where you have to go - cranky kids or not) and an entirely optional coffee run.
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December 10th, 2008, 07:32 AM
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I agree with Manda and Claire. I actually kind of view Starbucks as an upscale and peaceful coffee shop so I can see why someone wouldn't want children disrupting their time there.

Of course bratty is subjective. It's one thing if a child is running their mouth to their parent (not bratty behavior) and another thing if they are running around and getting into stuff (bratty behavior).
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December 10th, 2008, 08:15 AM
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I figure if you really want your coffee in peace, stay at home, in an environment you can control. I suppose there are a few places (fancy restaurants maybe) that children are pretty out of place. But unless you are referring to extreme behaviours, I figure too bad. Thats real life. I expect and demand appropriate behaviour from my children, but I have no patience whatsoever for people who snobbily look up over their paper at me, glaring at my children because someone made a noise. I am one of the first to take my kids elsewhere if someone is really dispruptive, but I am not going to go stir crazy hiding in my house, afraid to annoy someone else.
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