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Children giving up their seats..

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whatsthepointthen Tue 13-Nov-18 10:13:08

I was on the bus this morning and my 2 children were sat in the seats, this is a small bus and gets very busy. After a few stops an older woman got on and kept loudly bitching that my kids didnt give up their seats and shaking her head.

for context my son fell on this exact bus flat on his back and banged his head on the floor a few months back as he was standing up (and holding on) but the bus whizzed round a corner so now i try to make sure they always get a seat.

Should children always give up their seats for an older person? wibu for not making them?

ScreamingValenta Tue 13-Nov-18 10:14:23

Does your bus company charge for children's seats, or do they travel free?

fanfan18 Tue 13-Nov-18 10:14:41

I think it depends if how old your kids are and how elderly and able bodied the other person is.

whatsthepointthen Tue 13-Nov-18 10:15:08

They travel for free but so do people over a certain age so..?

Disfordarkchocolate Tue 13-Nov-18 10:15:34

If possible I would have had one on my knee, some bus routes are not suitable for small children to stand up on.

Sirzy Tue 13-Nov-18 10:15:53

How old are they kids?

If possible I would have sat one on your knee or encouraged them to share a seat

MrsStrowman Tue 13-Nov-18 10:16:30

If they are young enough (which they are of they're young enough to not be able to stand on a bus without falling) you sit them on your lap so everyone can sit down

whatsthepointthen Tue 13-Nov-18 10:17:58

I was not seated. I was stood with the baby in the pram. They are 4 and 6.

LettuceP Tue 13-Nov-18 10:18:19

Depends on the ages of the woman and the children.

NellWilsonsWhiteHair Tue 13-Nov-18 10:18:38

MN is always divided on this!

My take: anyone at greater risk of falling should have a seat if possible, for their own safety and that of others around them (who they'd land on). After that, its first come first served and nothing to do with whether children are free or half-fare.

My eldest is 6 and I'd expect him to give up his seat for an elderly/infirm/pregnant passenger but not just to any random adult. I think on a busy bus or train I might expect two children to share a seat between them, depending on their ages.

Shockers Tue 13-Nov-18 10:18:54

When I was a child there were notices on buses saying that children should stand for fare paying adults. I think the bus companies assumed that small children would be on laps. I remember standing for adults.
Whether this is right or wrong, perhaps that woman is from the generation where this was an expectation from the bus companies.

Sirzy Tue 13-Nov-18 10:18:55

4 and 6 I would have had them squash up so someone else could at least perch on the end

ScreamingValenta Tue 13-Nov-18 10:19:06

If the other person was of 'bus pass' age, I would expect a younger, able-bodied person to offer them a seat if they were making it clear they needed one.

marine04 Tue 13-Nov-18 10:19:13

Depending on age I would have put one on my knee or got them to share a seat.
People always give my twins weird looks on buses as if they expect them to stand as they are fifteen (but small so probably look more like 12), but they have a health condition which means it is not safe or even really possible for them to do so. If necessary I stand instead of them to give an elderly person a seat.

LettuceP Tue 13-Nov-18 10:19:29

Was the woman older (as in older than 18) or elderly?

CakeBiscuit Tue 13-Nov-18 10:19:53

Roughly how old was the woman OP?

I don’t think children should automatically give up their seats for an older person.

I wonder why the woman didn’t seem upset about other adults not offering her their seats..

NellWilsonsWhiteHair Tue 13-Nov-18 10:19:54

Yeah, four and six I'd have made share a seat if there weren't enough seats for everyone. When I've had two six year olds on the bus before I've made them share for this reason.

HoleyCoMoley Tue 13-Nov-18 10:20:17

It depends on their age, could one of them sat on your lap, were you standing or did you have a seat. If someone else really needed a seat I would expect someone to get up but wouldn't like to see a child falling and hurting themselves either, I've seen some very able fit elderly people not give up a seat to a heavily pg woman, I can't remember the last time I saw a man give up a seat for a woman and have seen a wheelchair user have to ask people to move from the disabled seating area.

BertramKibbler Tue 13-Nov-18 10:21:58

Older person.... are we talking able bodied and 50 or elderly?

As all child has more need of a seat than a healthy adult but less than an elderly or disabled adult

Earthmoon Tue 13-Nov-18 10:22:18

It depends on who is more in need, there are to many variables to say who should get the seat. In your case I would have offered my own seat, if you had one and were able to ride the bus safely. I may also tell my children to share a seat.

Racecardriver Tue 13-Nov-18 10:22:32

It depends on the older persons health. If they clearly struggle to stand under ordinary circumstances then it is hard for them than it is for your children and they should get the seat. But if they are just old with no obvious infirmity then I don’t see why anyone should give up a seat for them.

rocketpocket Tue 13-Nov-18 10:22:59

If the woman was elderly and fell she could end up dying or permanently disabled so I would get at least the six year old to give up a seat but I'm "old fashioned" and polite anyway so I'd have my children stand with me (and hold onto them).

whatsthepointthen Tue 13-Nov-18 10:23:07

Im not sure how old she was it would be a guess 60s? Like I said I wasnt seated.

ChardonnaysPrettySister Tue 13-Nov-18 10:23:27

Would you have said ‘bitching’ if the person who made the comments was a man, OP?

LettuceP Tue 13-Nov-18 10:23:39

If the lady was elderly then your kids should have shared a seat.

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