A woman is speaking out after she was criticised for taking her toddler to a cafe.
Jill Murphy shared on SMH that she was sitting in a cafe with our then two-year-old daughter, who was neither throwing crockery nor screaming.
Jill explained, “She was, however, talking slightly more loudly than the average adult diner being, after all, a toddler.
“A woman came and sat at the table next to us, sighed loudly, and said in a dismayed tone: “People want to go out and enjoy their food, you know. They don’t want to have to put up with children.”
“I immediately reddened and felt guilty for ruining everyone’s lunch.
“The proprietor asked us to move to a dim table up the back.
We ate as fast as we could, desperately hoping that our child wouldn’t do anything too … childish.”
Jill writes, “Newsflash: despite having children, parents continue to be people, and we therefore continue to have caffeine addictions and other needs – to buy food, to go to the doctor, sometimes even (gasp) to fly interstate.”
Jill questions, “Where did this idea come from that we shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the presence of others?”
Are kids being just an inconvenience to some people?
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