Friday, September 14, 2012

Kids not allowed

I saw a recent post which is something quite close to my heart, badly behaved kids in India in restaurants, cinemas, trains/flights and the like.. 

I did wonder if this list exists for Bangalore restaurants. Would love to have a decent meal in an upscale restaurant without brats running around or ill equipped parents shouting out "Bunty, idhaar aaao betaaa' or plain being indifferent.

We once saw a "hyper kid", at a Pizzeria. He was running amok and creating such a racket on various tables with the cutlery and the ceramic plates, I wondered if he was the "owner's kid", untill one of the waiters tried to politely ask the child to stop. Then the mother slowly looked up,( like it was such an effort, or maybe she looked as to why the noise stopped) and the father brought him back to their table. Until then the family ate silently like that kid was not even theirs! No apologies to management or fellow patrons, whose experience was ruined, just because someone didn't follow good parenting !

Worst example would be, people with "brats" who visit homes and these kids run about, touching and picking up fragile stuff! One parent told me "You need to child proof your house" I wanted to say "Buddy, you need to HOUSE proof your child!". Btw we weren't able to speak a single sentence without the brat butting in!

As Scott Adams suggests via Dogbert's Clue for the Clueless, it might just be ok to send a "Champagne and Vasectomy courtesy of table 9"!

5 comments:

DEE DEE said...

shout real loud as if the kid murdered a new born baby...that generally gets the parent's attention ...if not...u have the privilege to shout at the kid...

I cant stand brats breaking stuff at my place..n i shamelessly resort to rise my voice above decent decibels

GK said...

Its the fault of the parents, who, as you rightly pointed out, need to "House-proof" their children.

True, some parents really don't even bother about reprimanding their children, and certain worse cases actually encourage such misbehaviour by their children.

No point in blaming the kids, when the primary fault lies with the parents.

Be blunt and insult the parents, in such cases. Chup chaap line mein aayenge, and mend their ways, and their kids' as well....

And, in cases such as the kid at the Pizzeria, where you can't even make out who the parent of the kid is, thanks to their blissful ignorance of the situation, well, that's a tough one! Maybe you must just let out a scream, loud enough for all in the premises to hear, which may, hopefully, embarrass and force the parents to butt in, and control the kid/situation.... :O

Deepa Subbaraman Sriram said...

@Dee Dee I see what you are saying - The other day, a friend/neighbour came in with a daughter who was playing with her WII Console(the one which looks like a mouse) and was rotating it ..This is the first time the lady came home for a chat, but the kid was quite bratty. When I asked the kid to be "careful as i have breakables and mirrors, the mother said, "dont worry she wont break anything" and also asked the kid to be careful. I just dont get how kids think its ok to behave a certain way in other people's homes. I do know my mom was quite strict and we wd behave so well that most people would'nt believe we were brats in our own home! YUP, own home.

Deepa Subbaraman Sriram said...

@GK, thank you for your comment, and its bang on! Being Blunt will mean fewer guests at home, but I am ok with that. Most parents seem to have forgotten the parenting skills a generation before them had! Atleast basic manners, like its taboo to touch things in other people's homes, would be a good place to start. or Behaving bratty would mean no more visits to other people's homes, and so on.

R L Narayan-Manjunath said...

I have faced lots of problems with those kind of babies crying for no reason and disturbing my sleep. I m sure i was not that kind of when going in train or in public places with my parents.