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Kids in restaurants

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Kids in restaurants

I'm probably opening Pandora's Box with this, but here goes. Let me say, I love kids! I have two of my own. I especially love little ones! I happen to have three little grandchildren and I love them more than I can describe.

We've had lots of questions on this forum about what restaurants are good for kids. My answer is: any restaurant I've been to is good for children in Aruba if your children is good to the restaurant. I probably won't reach the people who need this most, but at Barefoot on Valentine's Night we had a wonderful dinner and the little girl at the next table was doing cartwheels in the sand. Sand going everywhere. She was beating her sand pail as a drum....well you get the idea. Everyone noticed her except her parents. Saturday night at almost 9:30 kids were climbing over the backs of seats and standing on the cloth covered chairs at Pure Ocean. We also saw lots of children having fun with their families in restaurants, but it's always the ones who don't care about the other diners that make a memory!

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Boy do I get what you are saying. Little children should be in bed at 9:30-10 pm not at a restaurant. Have some consideration for the other people that chose to vacation without children! People wonder why their kids are cranky and don't behave at the restaurant.......................They are hungry!!

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It is a worldwide problem and it isn't going away. A small percentage of people SUCK. We have to deal with it however we feel is appropriate. I am happy that my kids, now adults, and my grandkids knew better than to be disruptive anywhere. So, as long as your family doesn't behave like animals, be grateful. You have done your part.

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How inconsiderate! Obviously these are selfish people who don't care about others! Kids being out all day on the beach at the pool, they are usually exhausted. Why would parents think it's okay to be out to dinner that late with kids!

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I hear ya! Even bringing kids to sunset/couples restaurants is not always good even though it's early. Yes, some are well-behaved and I don't even know they're there which is great. But we were trying to have a romantic, sunset dinner at Passions one night (along with other tables with couples) when 3 kids decided to run in between all of the tables, kicking up sand, while yelling/screaming and continued this behavior for a good part of the night. Their parents (at a table with 8-10 people of family/friends) were having a lovely dinner because their kids certainly weren't bothering them since they weren't even near them. They had no clue.

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I've encountered this type of behavior at many a restaurant. And hair salons. And grocery stores. The parents choose, in fact, to let others parent and entertain their offspring. I was taught at an early age that public outbursts and rambunctious behavior would not be tolerated. There were rules..breaking them carried consequences. There are great parents out there, but the few who frankly, cannot be bothered, make it difficult for the rest of us. I feel your pain.

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This is the main reason I never go to a resort when kids are on break, Unless it's an adults only. Presidents week is the absolute worst.

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We taught our kids early on how to behave in a nice restaurant. We certainly would never let them get out of their seats and disrupt other patrons. When you spend a decent amount of money on a nice romantic dinner it is inexcusable that you should have your dinner interrupted by children of selfish parents. The restaurant employees really should speak up to the parents but probably don't want to offend.

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Under 7-8 years of age, Mc Donalds. Don't inflict your children on people spending big bucks for their dinner.

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Yeah, was at Yemanja recently and the table next to us was populated by 4 little darlings running rampant. Staff did their best. Parents... did very little. Didn't ruin my meal, but definitely the running about, yelling, and potential hazard of a tyke bashing into a waiter made things tense now and then.

Hey, live how you want. I'll remove myself to another locale when appropriate, which may mean staying home.

Oh, well.