No Kids Allowed

What do you think about businesses that do not allow children?

The Today Show had an interesting segment on a topic that I think readers of this Baby Blog might have an opinion on: businesses that do not allow children.

Apparently, more businesses are creating policies that prohibit children, especially restaurants.  The theory is that people who come in without kids are likely to linger and spend more money than parents who can't stay long while their child's tolerance timer is ticking.  Furthermore, people who are not parents don't have the same budget constraints as parents do and have more money to spend on themselves at the restaurant.  That all makes sense, but it is it a good business model? 

What do you think? Would you support a business that does not allow kids, or not?  Here's another question to chew on (borrowed from the Today Show discussion): would you pay  more to fly on an airplane that was guaranteed not to have any children?

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  • by Jim Location: Raleigh on Sep 3, 2011 at 01:18 AM
    I,m never allowed in any of these places and neither are any of you, I may be 54 but I,m still one of my mothers and fathers children. No kids huh well this here kid is 54 and I,m just getting younger. I do agree with Liz though, its really about a bunch of gutless owners chumping out of the responsibility of telling a costomer to control the heathens.
  • by Liz Location: Havelock, NC on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    It's easier to just ban the children than to tell someone their kid is a heathen (in my mother's words) and they need to shape up as parents. It's not that all kids are unruly, but a few bad apples in this case absolutely spoils the bunch.
  • by VicT Location: Greenville on Aug 30, 2011 at 02:23 PM
    I love children especially if they have been taught how to behave appropriately in public places. The problem seems to be that some parents allow their children to scream, cry, throw food, make a huge mess on the floor and table, run around unattended, and climb all over them - the booth - the stairs, etc... and did I say scream in public places; therefore, I totally understand some businesses refusing to serve customers with young children. I think it is a fair business model, seems like a reasonable compromise allowing everyone to enjoy dining out; and, I would pay more to fly on an airplane that does not allow young children. (I rarely fly anymore because it is like riding a big, nasty bus with crying children in the sky.)
  • by Have Children Location: Bath on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    I have been reading the comments with some interest. I raised three children and love them dearly. However, I agree with businesses that do not allow children. There are certain restaurants and businesses that I would never take my children to and I have been complimented numerous times on how well behaved they are. When I have an opportunity to go out to eat (which is seldom), without my children, I do not want to hear your screaming children ruin my dinner. If you cannont control your children, leave them home with a baby-sitter. I discipline mine and if other parents disciplined theirs, businesses would not have to enact a no-child policy.
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on Aug 20, 2011 at 02:00 AM
    If I see a business does not allow children, I will not shop there. (This excludes the obvious places... obviously.) And I do not even have kids. I like kids. They're nice, and for the most part, they like me. More importantly, they're our future. I don't mind crying babies in the store or at restaurants like some people do. Babies do that, it's just what they do. Rather than be annoyed, I'm thankful that the child is healthy, alive, and loved. Now, I do believe parents should control their unruly children. That should be a given. I just assume good faith, live and let live. Lastly, to the question, I would not pay for a premium for anything to exclude children.
  • by Sister on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    I am against this. There are many children who are quite well behaved. People without children do have different budgets but children also have to eat. I would not spend my money at a place that would cut out such a huge customer base. Also, if a child enjoys a restaurant enough, they will continue coming there once they are an adult. Think of all the money that this business has received from this one customer over the years.
  • by Grandmother Location: New Bern on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    Parents with children should be able to go to any restaurant or fly the same as anyone.
  • by Nikki on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    I am for this and I have 5 kids. I have been complimented on numerous occasions about how well behaved my kids are and the way I see it, if I can control my kids this well then others should to. I am not talking about special needs children, I am talking about children that are just hard headed because their parents are too LAZY to put down REAL discipline!
  • by Candi Location: Chocowinity on Aug 7, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    I have two children and am caring for a special needs niece. We usually only go to family restaurants. I agree that sometimes children can be a nuisance, mine probably have annoyed someone, so I can understand why some would want a no-child policy. But I would never go that restaurant again. There's a successful and profitable local business that didn't allow meto enter with my baby stroller once. I will never buy anything from them. Now that I have a child in a wheelchair/walker, we are limited in where we can shop. So I choose to give my money to those places that cater to my preferences. Shouldn't we all?
  • by M. Location: L on Aug 3, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Not only do I support this I applaud it as well. There needs to be more action like this taken. There are plenty of places you can take your child so they can “express themselves”. Look, I a single man with no children of my own if I go to a nice (a.k.a expensive) restaurant with a date I do not want to listen to a toddler meltdown because he or she wants to get up and run around. I have been following this subject for some time now and it has been said that this all stems from “hating children”. I can honestly say that it is not about hating children it’s about paying hard earned money and having to listen to screams, or have a 2 year old crawl in your booth or kick your seat. I would definitely pay more to be on a flight without children. And before anyone says it, yeah I don’t have kids because I don’t want them, not because I hate them. Bottom line is everyone doesn’t want to hear your child no matter how cute.
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