This Is Where People Say You're Allowed — And Not Allowed — to Bring Kids

This Is Where People Say You're Allowed — And Not Allowed — to Bring Kids

Don't even think about going to the movies.

By Marianne Garvey

Want to bring your kid to a fancy restaurant? Everyone will hate you.
What about the movies? Yeah, that seems to be a no as well. 
Are you wondering about when it's OK to bring a child along, and when you should consider leaving them at home with a sitter instead? Well, you now have definite answers: One survey asked 800 people about the most appropriate places to bring kids, and the places where you should go sans kids.

To start, overwhelmingly, parents and non-parents agreed it was best to leave the kiddos at home when going to work, a sports bar during a big game, or an adult friend's birthday party. Well, yeah.

“Respondents admitted that the most stressful environment to bring kids was the office (more than 80 percent) — even when sanctioned by the company. This was especially true for mothers more so than fathers,” the survey found, adding, “In some cases, the anxiety of bringing your kids out to fancy dinner can be as much about the people around you as it is your own enjoyment as a family.”

Uh, yeah, ever get (or give) dirty looks in a restaurant when a kid won’t stop carrying on?

Other things that may get you some side-eye:

More than half of parents (55 percent) agreed changing a baby in public was acceptable parenting, through non-parents were slightly less comfortable with the notion (45 percent). In some cases, the issue of the dirty diapers can be a major point of contention between people who do and don't have children, making it a difficult subject to discuss in some cases.

Parents and non-parents did tend to agree on the best etiquette to use around children. Nearly 86 percent of parents and 87 percent of non-parents said it isn't OK to yell at other adults when children were present. Similarly, both sets of people agreed that letting kids walk around without shoes as well as swearing in front of children are typically a no.

More good news for parents: When asked about the worst seating arrangements on a flight, over 45 percent of people said they'd least want to sit next to someone with bad body odor, followed by nearly 19 percent who wouldn't want to sit next to a chatterbox. Less than 15 percent identified a young child as their worst possible row partner, and only one in 10 have been bothered enough by a young child to publicly ask to switch seats to move away from a baby. Still a whopping 69 percent of people were willing to pay extra if it meant not sitting next to a child — averaging $52.50 in additional costs.

The places where you're the least likely to earn glares for bringing your kids along? Theme parks, the supermarket, the beach and the pool ranked on top.

What about dining out and the movies? By the time kids were 12, most parents think they're ready for a PG-13 movie and for their first high-end restaurant experience.
More than half of parents agreed it was the ages of 0 to 4 that were ultimately the most stressful, and 29 percent said that age 3 was the pinnacle of their parenting woes. Still, 30 percent of parents suggested it was the teenage years that were the most intense. Having to drive your kids around town before and after work can be one of the most draining parenting experiences.

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