No Kids Movement is Catching On. Do you agree?

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You may have heard last week of the restaurant McDain’s, a Pittsburgh area restaurant that banned kids under 6. This decision was met with tons of angry opinions. But a poll of local residents in this area of Pittsburgh also showed that more than 50% agreed with the ban.

In June of this year, Malaysia Airlines banned babies from many of their first class cabins, prompting other airlines to consider same bans.

And now other businesses are following this trend.

A movie theater recently had an adults only showing of the newest Harry Potter movie. A Texas cinema has taken this a step further by banning all children except on certain ‘baby days’.

This summer Whole Foods locations in Missouri are offering child free shopping hours. While a condominium in Florida is toying with the idea of limiting their outdoor area to certain child friendly times.

Most of the comments I have seen leave issue clearly divided. Those without children are loving it. While those with children are up in arms.

I am a mom. I have 2 children. I like to take my children out in public with me. We enjoy seeing family friendly movies, having dinner out and even grocery shopping.

But I am starting to think I am the only person in the world with kids who has no problem with any of these child bans.

Just a couple weeks ago I went out for some alone time. I don’t get to do this often but when I do, I look forward to it. I get to be alone with a book, my laptop. my thoughts. I don’t have to stop what I am doing to get something for the kids or answer the same question for the 20th time. I don’t have to hear them screaming, yelling, or just making noise. For a couple of hours I am not a mom, not a wife, I am just me.

I decided to go and grab some lunch and do a little work on my computer. I picked a time of day when the lunch rush was long over and it was a good hour or two before the dinner rush would start. While I did not expect it to be empty, I knew it would be quiet.

Well except for the screaming baby on the other side of the restaurant. If I wanted to hear that, I would have stayed home.

I know. I am horrible. Babies cry. Kids make noise. I get it. I have 2 of mine own and I love them more than anything in this world. But if I am out with my kids and the baby starts screaming, I get up with the baby and leave. If I am out and my child starts yelling or throwing a fit or running around, I get up and leave.

Just because I have children, it does not mean that the person sitting a few seats away wants to hear them.

AdWeek’s Klara recently wrote, ‘When did kids become the equivalent of second-hand smoke?’

I think Klara, that is taking it a tad too far. No one is claiming that children are unhealthy. No one is saying that all public places will ban children (like they have banned smoking).

For me, it all boils down to respect. I respect the fact that some people do not have children because they don’t want them. I respect that fact that sometimes adults with children want some time away from kids. And while I will still take my children to the grocery store with me, I will still go see movies with them and I will still travel on an airplane with them, I don’t think having some child free times is that bad of a thing.

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.