Bound to happen nowadays. Have an accident and look for someone to sue. Makes everyone wary. Probably some kid was running around the place, knocked over a cup, got hurt and the mother rang one of those ambulance chasing vultures! and the owners thought feck that for a game of soldiers.
if it is a 'long standing' policy tho, it obviously hasn;t done her business any harm, and in some ways, it is better for us mums with tinies as at least there is somewhere for all the other baby haters to go instead of follow us into the tearooms we go into and then tut loudly if they even dare to breathe let alone talk!
lol - love the idea of baby haters - I've encountered a couple of them in my time. Hope they all bugger off to this unchild-friendly tea room and knock over a stray cafetiere in there all over their trousers.
misdee has a good point.......at least there is somewhere to go if you happen to be child-free for a while, yet don;t want to go into a pub to get soemwhere that doesn;t have any other kiddies running about.
I know that as and when I have a childfree option for a coffee, I instantly head for somewhere I know will be kiddieless!!!
altho, if it is then full of babyhaters, I have to then run a mile as they are normally all sour faced with pursed lips and long noses that are good for looking down on people.......
exactly physcomum, when i go minus kids, or when dd3 was asleep and in her pram ,i would seek out the most quietess corner of a coffee shop and read a magazine in peace whilst having a leisurely cup of coffee. i dont always wants to be surrounded by children. i love children, or should say, i love my children, doesnt mean i want to be with them all day long.
[misdee barricades herself in the living room with a cup of coffee and slice of cake and lets dh deal with the dd's for 10mins]
yeah see.....I too love my children, and I also have a great deal of affection for my friends kiddies too, but other peoples children can (at times) make me shudder.....and there is also the bad habit I have (when not being occupied by my own kiddies fighting) of judging other peoples parenting skills......so for that reason alone I stay far far far away from baby/kiddie places when out and head for the 'snobbier' (well, not really but YKWIM) places...!
Yeah, babyhaters... a couple of weeks ago we went for a bite to eat in a family pub, and chose to sit in an area which was mostly empty apart from two sweet looking applecheeked elderly ladies. We sat down and my (then) 7 month old started to babble, not very loudly at that. I caught sight of the two old women scowling in our direction, and they kept it up all the way through our meal everytime lo giggled or made the slightest sound, and he didn't even cry at all. Miserable sods.
and in contrast, a massive leatherclad biker type was coochy-coochy-cooing at my lo and making him laugh in asda the other day in the cheese aisle! lol It was lovely
Obviously nothing whatever to do with Health and Safety its a way of saying "no small children running around". I wish places would be more honest about it - happy not to go to places that don;t want DS running around and leave them to people who want to have their tea in peace.
I don;t think people who are irritated by small children ruinning aorund shouting are child haters though some may be - they just don;t have small children and have no patience for them. I was the same before DS and will no doubt revert again at some point. Also like Misdee says - I love my children... not necessarily keen on others running around.