My Take On The No-Kids Movement
It seems that as much as we take a step forward as a society, we take two backwards. We keep this up and pretty soon we would be back in the dark ages.
Did you know that there is a No-Kids Allowed Movement out there? Until recently, I didn’t either. I just found out that it has been around for some time now and is growing in leaps and bounds. The movement even boasts its own Facebook page. Does this remind you of anything? Think racism. Think of the signs that used to read ‘Whites only, no blacks allowed’. (Sorry, I normally hesitate on using my color as example but in this case it helps to underscore my point).
Some restaurants, theaters, hotels and even grocery stores are already banning kids from their establishments. Yep. Just when you thought we were over this BS.
I am a dad of three little boys so I can’t fathom this nonsense. This is not only a strike against my kids but also against me. If you cannot accept my kids then you cannot accept me. We are a packaged deal. If I can’t take my kids with me, would you babysit them? I didn’t think so.
I understand the argument that kids can sometimes be nuisances especially when in public places like stores, restaurant, church etc. but isn’t this going too far? Should we keep them away from school too as they are a bother to teachers? How about church? I am usually interrupted by a crying kid while in the sanctuary. Is this an excellent reason to put up the ‘No Kids’ sign? You have to agree with me that is it a bit much.
Having kids is a choice that not everyone makes. Some who does make that choice should have opted not to. In some cases, they are the ones who make it bad for us parents with good intentions and parenting skills. Those who exercise their rights not to bear children sometimes try to impose their choices on others. This No-Kids nonsense is one such imposition.
Children learn from their environment and keeping them away from establishments does not serve any purpose. They are too loud on planes, too unruly at the grocery stores and movie theaters, well have you seen some adults lately? Maybe even yourself? Some of us are not exactly model citizens and are worst than some kids.
Kids are not second-hand smoke, we can’t go around putting up ‘No-Kids’ signs. What do you think that would do kids? What would it do to you if suddenly you were banned from places because of your sexual orientation? How about autistic adults who operates at the intelligence level of a child? Ban them too?
Let’s see, instead of putting all this on the kids and letting them pay such harsh penalty, how about we put the blame where it belongs? On bad parenting. Parents who let their kids roam unchecked. Parents who breed kids like a kitty mill just so they can take advantage of the system. Parents who are kids themselves. Why not go at them more aggressively? Make them more responsible. If they are on social assistance, discourage them from having kids. Enlighten them. Let them attend parenting workshops as part of their requirements for getting assistance. These are just some ideas but there are more. Do what you must but leave our children alone.