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If you have ever had to listen to childless friends rant about how they wished they could live in an "adults-only" world, you might relate to this post.
At 9 years old, my son is way beyond the years of screaming tantrums on a plane. But when Sky was 3 years old, we flew to Australia for my brother's wedding. Sky screamed at being confined to a seat during take-off, and was restless and whiny the whole trip. It was a nightmare for all involved, but we would not have missed my brother's wedding for the world.
Flying on a plane involves a lot of hurry up and wait, and dealing with people you don't like. You can't refuse the right of a person to fly, even if they are not the type you don't want to sit next to and you CAN'T refuse the right to bring children on the plane.
Sadly, this negative attitude towards children doesn't stop at air travel. Kid-bashing seems to be more pervasive these days, at least in my world.
What I don't get is that every kid-hater was once a kid themselves. What happened to these adults that they have no understanding or compassion?
If you confront kid-haters, they retort, "Oh, we don't hate all kids, only the ones who are out of control" or better, "It's just the ones whose parents let them misbehave."
Believe me, I never simply LET my kid scream, cry, kick the seat, or do any other sort of misbehavior in public (or at home, for that matter). Like every parent, I have had moments when I just can't corral that toddler who insists on running and yelling. I have had moments when all I want to do is get out of the house for a blessed moment before I go bat-shit crazy, and sometimes that involves bring an unruly child along.
We can't just shut these kids up in the house until they are 8, or 12, or 18. We can't leave them at home until they are fit for grown-up company. How will they learn?
And guess what? Sometimes adults are jerks too! IMAGINE THAT. We all have to deal with one another, regardless.
The truth of the matter is we live in a society with children. Those without children should learn some compassion and stop whining about the inconvenience of having those children around in public spaces.
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