As I was driving to pick my kid up from school this evening, my radio was tuned as always to the D.L. Hughley Show. These guys crack me up. Anyway, I digress. They often pose a question and then open up the line for comments. Today’s question was pretty interesting: Are child free social events offensive to you? Hum, this got me to thinking. Here’s my opinion.
Although my baby is a teen now, I recall the days of being a single parent with a young kid in tow. I remember taking him with me to many adult-oriented events. I remember taking him to tons of kid-friendly events. I also recall him cutting up at both types of events. So if I received an invitation to a social event that specified
NO KIDS ALLOWED !!!!!!
I wouldn’t be the least bit offended. I would either find a sitter so I could attend or decline if I couldn’t.
As a parent, you know your kids better than anyone else and let’s face it, in most adult-oriented events kids (and some adults) bore easily and when they do, you know they’re gonna act out. It’s perfectly normal. Hell, it’s even expected. I would be more surprised if my kid didn’t misbehave at a social event. Even now.
The person hosting the event has every right to dictate whether they will allow kids or not. On the show, a child-free wedding was the spark that caused the discussion. I have no problem with the couple barring kids from the event. It’s their day and if they don’t want kids under foot, that’s okay. Guests should not, in my opinion, get offended or worse —bring their kids anyway.
So no, I’m no offended. Would I host such an event? Now, that’s a question I’ll save for another day.
Myra Faye Turner, Writer