We have all been there. The first date night we are able to schedule in months. The first night alone with our significant other – no work, no chores, no kids. The first time in weeks that we have had the chance to connect as a couple. Romance is in the air.
Reservations are made. Champagne is ordered. Our hearts pound in anticipation.
Once at the restaurant we are seated at a lovely window table with a beautiful view Ã¢â‚¬â€œ right next to a family with a child of the cranky variety. They seem oblivious to the noise, or to the fact that their little prince is toddling over to your table and grabbing your silverware with the hand he just picked his nose with.
A similar scenario really did happen to my husband and me when we went on a cruise Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the first we had been on together and the first time we had the opportunity to have one on one time in months.
We purposely chose to dine late in the hopes of avoiding small, cranky children. After all, that was the reason we were on the cruise in the first place. Two couples that were traveling together with their combined 5 children under the age of 5 were seated next to us.
And it was not pretty, folks.
I love kids. I have eight of my own but there are times when I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to be at Chuck E Cheese, if you know what I mean.
Some restaurants are choosing to have Ã¢â‚¬Å“child freeÃ¢â‚¬Â services. They have stipulated times when they will serve adults only. The idea is that those of us who go out to eat desiring a quiet, stress (and booger) free atmosphere can choose these times while parents that want family time can choose the times when children are welcome.
Generally, the child free services occur later in the evening, when many parents will want to be home putting their children to bed.
Some parents have become offended at the idea that children would not be welcomed in certain places at certain times. Others delight in the idea that they can dine in peace, quiet, and without having an errant toddler in the booth behind them sneezing over their shoulder and on to their food as the parents blithely ignore the problem (Yes, this happened, too).
Your thoughts? Would you choose a restaurant that had child free zones scheduled into their days or would you be offended?
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