It’s no surprise that I am happily childfree by choice. I tend to cringe when I hear a baby cry, or a child yelling. My boyfriend laughs that it takes about 3 secs for me to start looking for an exit when rowdy children are near.
As such,most of our activities: whether it be travel, going to movies, dining…are focused around child free environments. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a good Pixar movie but I’ll make it a point to go at 10 at night when there are fewer kids.
The bf and I love to go out to dinner when we get a chance and I’m happy to see that the trend of child free restaurants is starting to increase, especially for higher end establishments.
Here are 5 Reasons Why Child Free Restaurants are a Great Idea:
1. Children can drive other diners crazy
You’ve seen it. There’s a child (or three) running around the restaurant ducking under tables and being loud and you wonder where the hell the parents are. It seems that more and more parents are letting their children run amuck and it’s extremely disruptive and annoying to other diners.
2. A crying or screaming child can seriously dampen a diner’s mood
Young children tend to throw fits when they do/or do not want something. Nothing is worse than having a quiet conversation with your boyfriend when a blood curdling scream pierces the air and it’s a child throwing a tantrum.
3. Children can cause huge messes for restaurant staff
It’s amazing to me how much food can end up under a child’s table at a restaurant. Sadly, more often than not I’ve seen the parents simple pack up the kid and walk away without even a thought of picking up a bit after their child. I know that restaurants clean the table and area after each guests leaves but it goes above and beyond when they have to pick up half the child’s food from the floor.
4. Even parents need a break now and again
If you’re a parent I figure that there are times when you really just want to get away from it all and have a quiet, romantic dinner without your (or anyone else’s) kids.
5. Parents will know where to, and not to, take their kids
Having clear policies on where kids are (and are not) allowed, would make it easier for people on both sides of the fence know where to dine. If you’re going to dinner with kids in tow, knowing where the kid-friendly restaurants are that have coloring books,kids menus, or at least other children, is pretty handy. If you’re like me and want to avoid children at all cost, then I know which restaurants cater to my needs as well. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Would you like to see more child free restaurants, or restaurants that have child free times? I’d love to hear your thoughts!