Child-friendly cafe closes playroom because of noisy kids and 'disgusting' parents. Thoughts?
We've just heard about a 'child-friendly cafe' in Canberra, Australia, that has closed down its play area because of the 'disgusting' behaviour of the some of the parents and their out-of-control kids.
Ok, so some of the behaviour the cafe owner describes – like parents changing nappies on tables where other customers were eating (bleugh!) – sounds pretty bad.
But some of the other things she's cross about – like food being 'squished into the carpet' and kids 'screeching' as they play – do sound a bit like, well, the usual aftermath of a combination of children and play fun and food.
So it's made us wonder, what do you think owners of a child-friendly cafe should accept is just part and parcel of welcoming young children? And what is really just unacceptable?
If you take your children to a child-friendly cafe, would you worry about the noise, or the mess, they're making? Or not?
Changing nappies on tables is really revolting. I can't think of anyone who'd do that. But I do think you have to expect a bit of food on the floor if you run a child-friendly cafe. I do try to clear up any bits of food my children drop but I'm sure I've probably missed some.