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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon
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March 2014
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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon [userpic]
Well, I suppose it's nice to know...

That parents get snippy with *anyone* asking why the hell they expect their small, disruptive children to sit for hours in places that aren't designed for them.

I was vastly amused when a thread showed up in which a parent spieled off a normal childfree complaint: Why do parents bring young children who aren't *capable* of being anything other than disruptive snots (meaning, toddlers-and-younger; older children with a distinct lack of manners, etc.) to places like four star restaurants, the ballet, the theatre, etc.

It's a valid question. Like most people, I could care less if well behave children are in such locations but ones who are clearly too young (and worse, the ones who are clearly too undisciplined) shouldn't be there.

And, lo, what happened? A variety of jumping up and down on the poster for "you should know how hard it is for parents!" and such issues. Not to mention the obligatory "How dare you insult family togetherness!"

So it appears that this lack of comprehension is not limited to dismissing the concerns of the CF, it's actually a quite universal defensiveness. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, because I can understand not wanting to take parenting advice/complaints from people without children, but knowing that they'll close up that defensively when another parent asks such questions is a touch troubling.