"Your kids are being annoying" AIBU. What is wrong with some people?

(106 Posts)
TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 17:23:18

Yesterday DH and I went to a hospital appointment for myself, we got out of there early and decided to go for dinner. It's been a long time since we have had the chance to eat out because we have been skint and had the kids with us, so we were fairly looking forward to it.

We go to the restaurant and were seated in a booth behind a family with 2 kids ages about 3&6.
We soon realised that this wasn't going to be a quiet meal. I was sitting with my back to the family and the 3yo stood up on their booth bench to peer over at us which we found a bit awkward and irritating because we were trying to eat and have a private conversation. The parents didnt say anything and after a while the 3yo got bored and went away.

The restaurant was a buffet type place and the parents of these kids let them have free range of the place meaning that when us and other customers went up to get food the 2 children were frequently bumbling into people and getting under everyone's feet! I mean surely it is common sense that children running riot and hot plates of food don't mix?

The 3yo was handed a bowl of sweets by the chef at the dessert station that she proceeded to drop all over the floor and walk off. The mum definitely saw this, she got up (to what I thought would be to clean up her kid's mess) but instead just walked passed it and got herself more food. hmm. The 6yo also kept coming and standing right next to our table and just stood staring at us, which again was really annoying.

The final straw was when the 3yo stood up in their booth again and peered over at us, and the proceeded to put her messy, sticky hands in my hair and rub them about! The mum saw the child doing this but just ignored it. So I turned round and said this; "Excuse me, I'm glad you seem to be enjoying your meal but unfortunately I am unable to do the same because of your annoying children. Would you please keep them in control so they don't ruin our meal anymore?"

Well I won't bore you with details but it didnt go down very well and the husband became quite aggressive verbally. They definitely thought I was being unreasonable because after all "they are just kids" confused and I am apparently also rude.

So MN jury, was IBU?

LadyBryan Wed 03-Jul-13 17:25:11

You weren't being unreasonable. They were.

I cannot abide people who take their children out to places where their behaviour can affect others and don't both to discipline them

Yes you were BU to choose Pizza Hut for a quiet meal presumably early in the evening. Next time go somewhere else or go there later.
However, I wouldn't allow my 5 and 7 year olds to roam the buffet without supervision or peer over the booth. They were very rude.

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 17:26:28

Actually shopping it wasn't Pizza Hut, it was Jimmy's World foods...

MardyBra Wed 03-Jul-13 17:26:41

Yanbu.

Gosh just noticed the messy hands in your hair bit! That is horrendous. You are certainly not at all U to be furious about that.

whois Wed 03-Jul-13 17:29:14

Messy hands in hair? You wouldn't have been U to have been a lot more forceful!

Arabesque Wed 03-Jul-13 17:30:43

YANBU. The parents were pig ignorant and needed telling. Good for you. Maybe what you said will slowly sink in through their thick skulls and they might be a little bit more considerate the next time they eat out.

WireCat Wed 03-Jul-13 17:32:40

I don't care if its McDonalds.

Children should be taught to sit down while they're eating & stay sitting down.

So as not to disturb other people & also not to get knocked over or hot food/drinks spilled on them.

Was in Costa a few weeks ago & a mother was most put out when she was asked if she could try & keep her little one sat down as people were carrying hot drinks & they'd be very upset if her child got injured. SE was very huffy.

You were most definitely not being unreasonable.

Btw, my 4 year old is autistic & has global delay. If he can sit quietly in a restaurant (well ASK!) then I would imagine most children can so long as the parents insist.

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 17:32:45

* whois* what do you mean by forceful? grin

GetStuffezd Wed 03-Jul-13 17:33:10

Agh, I can't bear when people say you we're being U for going to an eating establishment at a certain time because you should expect this kind of shit at XYZ time of day.
YANBU to expect to be able to at a meal in peace and expect other people to keep their children under control.

BrianTheMole Wed 03-Jul-13 17:33:41

God no, the hands in the hair would have made me react like that too.

blackbirdatglanmore Wed 03-Jul-13 17:36:21

I think calling the children "annoying children" was maybe a BIT unreasonable, as after all, it was their parents who were at fault rather than the children.

But you were provoked and I can quite see why you just snapped something out so on balance no, not at all unreasonable!

ArtexMonkey Wed 03-Jul-13 17:36:49

Did you REALLY make that speech? Out loud?

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 17:39:45

Yes artex I was bloody pissed off by the end of it all angry

YouTheCat Wed 03-Jul-13 17:40:54

They were annoying and vile.

olidusUrsus Wed 03-Jul-13 17:41:04

Agree that it doesn't matter if it's Maccas or the Ritz. I'd have blown an aneurysm at the hair thing!

CloudsAndTrees Wed 03-Jul-13 17:42:00

I think you were quite rude, but not as much as the family with the feral kids.

You should have asked them before the children had annoyed you so much that it would have been almost impossible to be polite.

Floggingmolly Wed 03-Jul-13 17:42:13

What's wrong with that speech? I'd have done the same. Not really expecting it to be taken on board, though, tbh.
Some people have absolutely no sense of shame, and can't even be embarrassed into behaving decently.

Fakebook Wed 03-Jul-13 17:45:43

Why didnt you move when you realised the 3 year old kept peering over? My first instinct would've been "shit she might touch my hair".

Why didnt you ask the staff if you could move tables?

Restaurants aren't the best place to have a private conversation and I'm sure a 3 year old wouldn't have understood anyway.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Wed 03-Jul-13 17:46:02

Gosh.

MoonHare Wed 03-Jul-13 17:46:36

I commend you for having the presence of mind to utter such a brilliant sentence. True, it's not the kids fault they were being annoying but still, you were not BU.

Parents ALWAYS react defensively when they have not been supervising their children properly. I think this is 1. guilt, they are in the wrong and they know it, but also 2. the sort of people who don't supervise their children properly are also usually the sort of people who don't care about how their children behave and think it's OK to be rude when others ask them to do something about it.

Good for you.

Yonilovesboni Wed 03-Jul-13 17:47:47

Personally I would have moved tables well before messy hands. However yanbu, I have 4dc age 6 and under who would never behave like this!

Damnautocorrect Wed 03-Jul-13 17:48:45

Ywnbu.
How will little people learn to behave in a restaurant if they aren't told by their parents?
Mind you sounds like mums not too much better if she swerved the mess her child caused

The standing up and the food dropping I'd have glared t but the fact the mum ignored the 3yo rubbing her mucky hands in your hair shock . I wouldn't have been so restrained

e were on a bus a while back ad a little b (about 3yo) was kneeling on his sea very near my DD head with lollipop (sticky one not ice-lolly type).

I said to the boy "Can you keep that away from my DD head" ?
I didn't have time to ask the mum to move her child- my daughter would have been wearing it.
I didn't shout or speak nasty. But the mu gave me a wh*re of a look !

Tryharder Wed 03-Jul-13 17:50:46

You were both rude but they were ruder!

TidyDancer Wed 03-Jul-13 17:51:31

I think your speech was really quite rude but after hands in the hair and staring, I'm not sure I blame you for it!

Yeah I'd have moved as soon as I realised the parents weren't interested telling their child not to peer over at you. You always stop a child doing that, even if the diners say they don't mind (as they sometimes do to me), it's not nice, children need to learn it's bad manners.

I probably would have bosom hoisted and tutted until the hands in the hair incident. Then I would have said something . Nobody touches the Hair grin. Well done OP.

MarshaBrady Wed 03-Jul-13 17:55:14

You did well to compose such a long sentence! I would have been a lot blunter with the hair thing.

I also would have just moved, they sound too irritating.

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 17:55:33

I didn't want to move because the only alternative was tables with wooden chairs that I find uncomfortable to sit on at the moment.

I don't see why I have known why she would put her hands in my hair? I have an 18 month old DD and a 2 yo nephew and I'm pretty sure they both wouldn't do that. Just me maybe?

CrapBag Wed 03-Jul-13 17:55:56

YANBU!!! I can't stand it when people let their children do this. Yes they are children but how are they to learn how to behave socially if you don't teach them?

My cousin lets his DS do this, and now he is complaining because he can't control him, maybe something to do with that fact that he lets him do what the hell he likes because he can't be bothered to parent him properly.

OP you were not rude, these people obviously didn't like their parenting (or lack of) taken into question. They would have been the first to jump up and down if a waitress/waiter had dropped something hot on them though.

Venue has no relevance. I don't let my kids do this in MacDonalds.

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 17:58:27

Marsha, I composed myself before I confronted them because I didn't want to accidentally swear, I'm a bit of a germaphobe so was shock.

Afterwards in the car DH picked bits of potato (we think) out of my hair...it was very romantic grin

MiaowTheCat Wed 03-Jul-13 17:58:40

By page 3 we'll be bewailing the continental utopia where no one would ever quibble getting a hair makeover from sticky unrequested fingers.

Page 4 "I don't get why we hate kids in this country so much"

Page 6 will have the appearance of a potty and piddle

We've got the "shouldn't have gone to X venue" box fully ticked already.

Tailtwister Wed 03-Jul-13 17:58:43

Oh dear, sounds like a nightmare meal!

Tbh I would have asked to move tables rather than make a comment to the parents. They were still BU to let them behave like that though and I can't believe they let their child rub her hands on your hair!

cocolepew Wed 03-Jul-13 18:00:04

Why should she have moved? It's up to the parents to make sure their children were behaving probably.

Yes coco but they clearly weren't. In that situation it's move or be mauled, or do as the OP did and say something, which most people won't do - me included. Much rather move and save the drama.

Mintberry Wed 03-Jul-13 18:02:58

I would have been really mad about the gross hands in hair thing! Yuck yuck yuck.
I would probably have tried to move table before then, though, if possible.
Unfortunately I am pretty bad at confrontation, though my dp goes pretty bananas over things like that, so they would no doubt have got an earful if that had been us!

cocolepew Wed 03-Jul-13 18:05:10

Oh no I'm all about the drama grin

MarshaBrady Wed 03-Jul-13 18:05:26

You did very well, I would have jumped. lol at the romance over the potato.

ha at Miaow.

YANBU btw.

MrsOakenshield Wed 03-Jul-13 18:06:11

I fail to understand why on earth the OP should be expected to move tables, rather than the parents of these children supervise them properly. That's simply going to teach those kids and their parents that they can do what they like and everyone will step out of their way and let them get on with it!

The children were annoying (and dangerous, can't stand seeing little ones running around in restaurants and cafes, do people expect the waiting staff to have eyes in their knees?) and their parents were crap. YANBU.

(Oh, and of course you can have a private conversation in a restaurant. What a ridiculous thing to say.)

cocolepew Wed 03-Jul-13 18:06:33

I surprised so many people wouldn't have said anything. I must be mouthier than I realised hmm.

LookingForwardToMarch Wed 03-Jul-13 18:12:23

You did well OP!

After the hair incident i'm afraid I would have gone batshit crazy!

A la Ace Ventura 'Nobody, NOBODY touches the DO!'

Before reading the OP, I was thinking, children ARE annoying. But they should not be annoying out in restaurants where are other people are paying good money for a meal to enjoy.

YANBU!

K8Middleton Wed 03-Jul-13 18:22:39

Omg unless you were dining at London Zoo in the chimp enclosure at tea time YANBU.

Parents who let their children run riot in public through their own sheer laziness deserve a special place in hell being tormented by other people's children.

soverylucky Wed 03-Jul-13 18:26:27

YANBU - hands in hair - really not on at all. And mum and dad should have made them apologise.

WhoNickedMyName Wed 03-Jul-13 18:28:28

YANBU.

I think more people should speak up like you did, rather than silently seethe.

I don't let my DS interfere with other people's quiet meal when we are out, so people with kids could fuck off if they think I'd put up with theirs when I'm out on a rare child-free occasion.

Pimpf Wed 03-Jul-13 18:29:34

Can't understand why people have said you were rude op, I think you were very restrained and good for you for saying something.

The dad was right though, they are only kids, which is why it's his responsibility to teach them how to and how not to behave, idiot!

MammaTJ Wed 03-Jul-13 18:31:12

You were not being unreasonable.

aldiwhore Wed 03-Jul-13 18:31:39

YANBU to be annoyed, but you called the children annoying, and that's going to rub anyone up the wrong way.

I think you should have spoken to the manager, the children were being allowed to become a hazard, the management should have dealt with it.

YANBU and it's one of my pet hates, both as a parent, and as someone who tripped over a small child whilst carrying hot food and ended up sloshing it over an innocent diner, the shabby parents are quick to blame you when that happens.

I am not a person who believes children should be seen and not heard, and actually, the 3 yr old playing peep-oh with you, though annoying, is not the sign of bad parenting, the rest is though.

kerala Wed 03-Jul-13 18:32:06

You were in the right of course but what possessed you to eat in one of those dreadful pile your plate up with all sorts of odd food restaurants which attract families with badly behaved kids? Its where 10 year olds go for a birthday treat. A baffling choice seeing you were childfree.

YouTheCat Wed 03-Jul-13 18:32:19

I always expected my kids (even ds who is at the extreme end of the autistic spectrum) to behave and stay seated on the rare occasions we ate out. I'd take crayons and paper to keep them amused if need be.

Burmillababe Wed 03-Jul-13 18:32:57

It is families like that who are the reason that some people's hearts sink when children walk into a cafe or restaurant. YWNBU - if I had been in your position, I would have gone batshit before the disgusting incident with your hair!

mirry2 Wed 03-Jul-13 18:33:32

You weren't rude.

Moxiegirl Wed 03-Jul-13 18:33:38

Yanbu especially re the hair shock

Hmmkay Wed 03-Jul-13 18:34:31

Yanbu - I can't stand it when parents let their children stand up on chairs in restaurants! The parents shouldn't have let them behave like that.

I know you shouldn't HAVE to go somewhere a bit more adult oriented when you want a quiet meal but me and dh tend to pick places that don't provide high chairs when we have the chance to have a meal together without our own kids.

ComposHat Wed 03-Jul-13 18:38:49

When you get kids pulling this kind of shit whilst their parents sit by doing nothing, I find myself(somewhat guiltily) pining for the days when kids would be kept in line with the threat of a walloping if they acted up in public.

SoupDragon Wed 03-Jul-13 18:39:02

YANBU.

I can't believe posters think you were rude. I wouldn't have been nearly so restrained!

crashdoll Wed 03-Jul-13 18:39:08

While I'm not condoning those parents, you were quite rude and lost the moral high ground. That said, I'd be seriously unimpressed with potato in my hair. Hmm <sits on fence>!

YouTheCat Wed 03-Jul-13 18:40:23

I don't think OP was rude. She was stating a fact.

SoupDragon Wed 03-Jul-13 18:42:19

the 3 yr old playing peep-oh with you

Since when is standing on a seat, staring, playing peep-oh?

ArtexMonkey Wed 03-Jul-13 18:43:24

I can't stand children being a pita in restaurants, but that speech sounds like the sort of thing people make up in the car afterwards and wish they'd said.

JedwardScissorhands Wed 03-Jul-13 18:44:47

Totally reasonable of you. If one of mine had rubbed their sticky hands in someone's hair I would have apologised immediately and insisted on paying for their meal. I don't think they would, but I suppose kids are sometimes weird and unpredictable.

ReluctantBeing Wed 03-Jul-13 18:47:35

Yanbu. They sound like very poorly managed kids.

BrianButterfield Wed 03-Jul-13 18:49:47

It doesn't matter where you go, you should be able to go somewhere that children might be present without getting annoyed by them. I just took DS, who is under 2, to Morrison's cafe for dinner but he wasn't allowed to run around or spoil anyone else's meal. Just because it's just a supermarket cafe doesn't mean it's not someone's treat.

gordyslovesheep Wed 03-Jul-13 18:53:01

YANBU how vile - some people don't think disciplining kids is their job, as parents <eye roll>

drmelons Wed 03-Jul-13 18:55:36

Although I think you may have worded your retort inappropriately you most certainly were not bU.

I can not stand it when one family let their children behave so differently from all others. What would the restaurant have been like if all children behaved like this!

I had this the other day in the cinema, one child allowed to run up and down central isle singing throughout film whist parent waved and called out hello in normal volume voice. How do parents like this think they are teaching their children consideration for others?? It actually makes my blood boil, but also makes me sad for the children, surely it can not be doing them any favours for the future?

1Veryhungrycaterpillar Wed 03-Jul-13 18:55:41

I feel sorry that your first meal out in a while got ruined, if my kids did any of those things I'd be mortified and apologising to you

YesIamYourSisterInLaw Wed 03-Jul-13 18:55:47

I love this thread and I love your speech. Am I the only one who wants to be bored with th details of what was said after?

To those who think the OP was rude - what the hell was she supposed to say/do? Ignore the bad behaviour of parents and children or be all apologetic for actually wanting a pleasant evening out?

frissonpink Wed 03-Jul-13 19:07:33

Definitely you were NOT being unreasonable!

Indeed, I think you were rather restrained. I'd have blown wayy before you!

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 19:10:05

artex it was hardly a Shakespeare Sonnet? Why is hard to believe someone couldn't be articulate enough to word something like that at the time confused

Letticetheslug Wed 03-Jul-13 19:10:08

YANBU,

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 19:12:19

And I am shock at the few stories on here from other posters(especially) the Cinema one! I didn't believe that some parents behaved like this in real life, still can't believe it.

SlimePrincess Wed 03-Jul-13 19:27:18

The thought of the sticky fingers in your hair makes me shudder. YANBU!

HepsibarCrinkletoes Wed 03-Jul-13 19:37:46

How old are your children OP?

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 19:44:02

7 years and 18 months

JedwardScissorhands Wed 03-Jul-13 19:47:28

Why does it matter whether the OP has children, which is what the question about their age is really getting at. Are people only allowed to be annoyed at kids' behaviour if they have their own to use as a yardstick? Do the childless have to put up with all kinds of annoyances, just because they have not been clever enough to reproduce?

Goldmandra Wed 03-Jul-13 19:51:27

If I can manage to get a roomful of two year olds to sit at a table to eat their lunch every day I don't think it's unreasonable to expect one set of parents to control their three year old in a restaurant.

Bizarrely, some people seem to think that everyone eating in a family friendly restaurant automatically wants to be their unpaid childminder.

YANBU. If people don't challenge this sort of behaviour it will be seen as more acceptable.

I'm not in the least bit strict at the table but I draw the line at allowing kids to peer over at over diners. It happened last time we went to TGI's and it annoyed the crap out of me.

I am gobsmacked that there are people on here who are pulling you up as being rude when you had food rubbed in your hair shock

TattyDevine Wed 03-Jul-13 20:00:27

The OP was not child free, she said she had the kids with her.

TattyDevine Wed 03-Jul-13 20:01:30

Unless she meant "because we had been skint and had the kids with us" as a reason for wanting to go out. Sorry maybe not clear.

youarewinning Wed 03-Jul-13 20:02:42

YANBU.

I for one love and have memorised for future use your speech. grin

that speech sounds like the sort of thing people make up in the car afterwards and wish they'd said

I'm so glad it's not just me who thought that grin

giveitago Wed 03-Jul-13 20:13:55

YANBU for saying something but I would have probably not said what you said.

SilverOldie Wed 03-Jul-13 20:23:31

YANBU

In fact I think you were remarkably restrained - I would have dipped my hand in my food and mixed it thoroughly in the child's hair in return. Then the parents would really have something to be upset about.

TacticalWheelbarrow Wed 03-Jul-13 20:25:08

Silveroldie shock grin

Cherriesarelovely Wed 03-Jul-13 20:28:26

You were not rude in the slightest! There is no excuse for letting children roam around a restaurant annoying others like that, no excuse at all. Selfish gits!

drmelons Wed 03-Jul-13 20:54:33

I shit you not tactical - it was at the cheaply Saturday morning show (not that that should make any difference) I was almost impressed at their audacity!

Lweji Wed 03-Jul-13 20:59:27

Whatever the venue, even Pizza Hut, you were not being unreasonable.
And I am very tolerant of children.

Kat101 Wed 03-Jul-13 21:45:25

Oh dear, my 2 yo is a roamed around restaurants like Frankie and Bennys. We don't go now, I think we annoyed the waitress when he kept playing with the toilet door blush

Any tips on how to get a 2 yo to sit nicely in a restaurant, pass them on. Mine would scream and struggle within a minute if I tried to pin him in a booth with crayons and paper. Would love to know how to get one of these kids who sits nicely. Maybe the parents find similar (admittedly the hair crossed the line).

Pimpf Wed 03-Jul-13 21:48:18

If you can't get them to sit still, don't go, it's that simple. Try again in another couple of years. It's part of being a parent.

Seriously, why. Would anyone think its ok for a child (no matter how. Old) to wander around a place where hot drinks and food are being served. Not only. Could they get hurt, but there actions can cause accidents where others get hurt. It's not rocket science

helenthemadex Wed 03-Jul-13 21:51:09

Tactical and Silveroldie I want to go out for a meal with both of you grin visions of eating peacefully while tactical tells parents off and silveroldie rubs food in toddlers hair

OP you were great and I want to know the boring details after your verbal hand grenade exploded grin

idiuntno57 Wed 03-Jul-13 21:51:24

YANBU but why go and attempt a child free meaning in a child friendly venue? I run like the wind from such places when I am on a rare child free night out.

idiuntno57 Wed 03-Jul-13 21:51:46

meeting not meaning

frogwatcher42 Wed 03-Jul-13 21:54:22

YANBU. I am so impressed with you. Well done. Kids peering over seats at me when I am out is one of my real bug bears.

Kat - don't take them out if you cant control them. Why should others suffer because you cant control your child? If a 2 year old cant sit still then one of you takes it for a walk around the car park until the food is ready and then it sits and eats and then off to the car park again!! Thats what we did anyway. No way would I allow my dc to annoy others in the restaurant.

Hassled Wed 03-Jul-13 21:56:57

Kat - your answer is just that you don't go to restaurants until you're reasonably confident your child will behave for at least the majority of the time you're there. And yes, that's shit - but far less shit than inflicting a "roamer" on people who have saved up for their rare meal out/are celebrating an important life event. I'm not without sympathy - my youngest was monstrous in restaurants, so we just stopped trying until he was more reliable. And yours will get there.

wherearemysocka Wed 03-Jul-13 21:57:14

And yet there are still those who wonder why some people prefer to host child free weddings.

MrButtercat Wed 03-Jul-13 21:58:27

If I could make 3 under 15 months behave themselves in restaurants then anybody can.

In short if you haven't trained them you leave,other diners shouldn't suffer.

Boxes of raisins,high chairs,aqua draw and tiny handbag toys alongside taking walks outside whilst holding hands did the trick.

BrianButterfield Wed 03-Jul-13 22:00:03

DS is not a naturally quiet, compliant child but we've taken him to eat out at least once a week since he was born. You don't go at 'starving' time or if it's late, give a snack first. You bring little toys like cars and trains. You find any little thing that is quiet and entertaining (DS likes to play with pennies from my purse) and keep chatting away. At one point today I was feeding him teeny spoonfuls of hot chocolate across the table which took up a lot of time and made him laugh! No 2-year-old really wants to sit still and they don't have to sit like statues, just not be annoying.

Tamdin Wed 03-Jul-13 22:05:15

YaNbu

LilacPeony Wed 03-Jul-13 22:12:29

They sound really annoying. Could the parents see that the child was rubbing her hands in your hair if they were seated in their own booth behind you? (Sorry if you've already covered that, not read the whole thread.)

FeckOffCup Wed 03-Jul-13 22:14:37

YANBU, the standing on the seat thing would have pissed me off even without the touching of hair. Did the restaurant manager get involved, I'm surprised they didn't get chucked out for letting their kids stand on seats and drop food everywhere.

I'm childless, and this just confirms why I will never set foot in a Pizza Hut, and generally give a wide and cautious berth to any restaurant that is even vaguely "family friendly". I'm shuddering in sympathetic horror at the hands in the hair.

I waitressed a lot as a teenager, and in my early twenties, and I have nothing but sympathy for staff who have to serve hot food and scalding hot drinks while some parents allow small children to run about unsupervised underfoot. It's desperately unfair to the children, to other customers and potentially lethal. It's also very unfair to the many parents who DO make an effort and have children who are taught to behave appropriately, and above all safely.

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Thu 04-Jul-13 00:28:28

The parents were irresponsible assholes. I hope you didn't call the children annoying in front of the kids themselves. That would have been mean and hurtful.

I would not have liked the kids staring at me or rubbing their hands in my hair but I would have found it exasperating not revolting. I have an almost 3 year old and am quite used to getting sticky hands in my hair. I don't think it's all that big a deal.

That said I would never let my children do that if I could help it.

NapaCab Thu 04-Jul-13 00:59:25

It's parents like this that give the rest of us a bad name! 3 and 6 year old children are definitely old enough to be under more control and to sit at their table when told. It's not as if they had a toddler who doesn't understand discipline or baby that was crying.

Stories like this really wind me up because it makes it so much harder for considerate people to eat out with their children when idiots like this let their children run riot.

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