Let the little children come...
A few weeks ago I ranted on my blog
about the trend to ban children from restaurants, beaches, and other public places. Apparently they are a nuisance and certain demographics just don't want to deal with them. As the "me generation" retires and more and more young people are choosing not to have kids, they are asking not to have to deal with other people's kids. I personally have serious issues with such an individualistic and selfish approach to life (and see it as a symptom of the breakdown of community and neighborliness). Then today Karen
sent me a link to this news article
. Apparently a mother traveling with her toddler were kicked off of a plane. No, the toddler wasn't crying or throwing a fit, he was saying bye-bye to the plane and that annoyed the flight attendant. In fact she told the mother that she should have given her child Benadryl to shut him up. The mother rightly replied that, "'Well, I'm not going to drug my child so you have a pleasant flight." They were then kicked off the plane.
Stories like this really annoy me, but we are seeing more and more of this trend in our society. Both intolerance for children and the pressure to drug children into compliance. Be it Benadryl to get them to sleep or Ritalin in schools, drugs have become the first option for many. (and I completely admit that there are times when both of those drugs are needed and necessary). I've had parents tell me that they want to drug their bubbly extroverted daughter so she would act more like her shy introverted older sister (and the doctors complied). I've heard parents complain about the pressure they get from the schools to drug their children so that they don't have as much energy in the classroom. And apparently the presence of babies and toddlers who aren't drugged isn't tolerated on airplanes. Basically we are under pressure to drug away childhood and a person's natural personality.
I know this topic has arisen here before, but I'm interested in your thoughts and experiences. Is our society becoming more intolerant of children? Are we trying to drug away normal behavior and personality for the sake of convenience?
Labels: children, Culture