As a single guy, I don't appreciate parents not dealing with their children. I frankly don't want to witness or listen to the hysterics of an out of control child or screaming infant. I do get to babysit my nieces and nephews... they all know that inappropriate behavior will result in an immediate removal from the establishment. After a few times of this happening the behaviour changed... Kids will be kids but the parents need to step up and do the right thing and stop ignoring poor behaviour. You are helping by ignoring the poor behaviour.
Of a parent of 3 grown children we went restaurants and had people come up to us and compliment us on how well behave our children were; in fact some were even surprised we had children with us; that went as well when we flew and we did that a few times. Why? because we taught our children when and where it was appropriate to be a little rowdy and when it wasn't and, out in public it wasn't. I can tell you all it took was a look from either myself or their dad, that there was going to be consequences when we got out of the restaurant and that was then end of the behaviour.
Now a days parents just threaten they don't promise. By that I mean, if you say your going to do something then do it.
Unfortunately these days parents think it is quite alright to bring their infant and toddler children out to a nice restaurant for dinner. Used to be, parents would have a babysitter take care of them when they went out to dine. Other patrons of the restaurant want to enjoy their dinner in a peaceful environment and not have to listen to screaming kids looking for attention. When that occurs the family should be asked to leave the premises. It is actually no different than having your dinner interrupted by a drunken argument and typically those people are requested to leav, so why not screaming children?
I believe there is a time and place for children at restaurants. If I'm paying good money for a meal, that also includes the ambiance, which screaming kids aren't apart of. But it's also the responsibility of the parents to handle their child's meltdowns, and not to disrupt others.
I do enjoy going out for a nice dinner once in a while as do a lot of people. However, I find it extremely rude and disrespectful when parents allow their children to run around, play around or in this case scream and yell. I applaud the restaurant for taking the initial stance it did. If I were in NS now, I would go there for dinner to support the decision made,
I agree with the no high chairs or no booster seats scenario.
Kids are people too, but need to learn very quickly that they need to behave or be removed from the premises.
We all deserve to enjoy our selves and should not have to listen to screaming kids because parents can't or won't do anything about it.
Congrats to the Lobster restaurant, more restaurants need to do the same thing. It is not a right to dine out, it is a privilege.
It is not as easy as should they be banned yes or no. If I take my kids to a restaurant it will be a family restaurant, one where kids may get a little unruly, the parents then can deal with it. If I am at a high end dining establishment without my kids, I would leave without paying the bill and not return if there was a screaming or misbehaving child disrupting the ambiance.