10 Places You Should Never Bring Your Kid…

10 Places You Should Never Bring Your Kid…

Mom Jeanine
September 7, 2011


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Earlier this summer there was tons of commotion over the rise in “brat bans.” From grocery stores to airlines, it seemed like no one loved the kids.

Like most moms, I was a little annoyed by kids being banned from a grocery store, but it did make me think. Are there places we just shouldn’t bring our kids? The answer, of course, is heck yes.

I am as guilty of this as anyone else. I bring my daughter everywhere. Everywhere. To the hair salon, doctor’s appointments… heck, I even make her stay in the bathroom while I shower. But the truth is there are certain places children just shouldn’t be. Take these, for example…

1. Facebook. I know, I know. Your kid is so cute. Mine is too. But that doesn’t mean your infant or toddler needs his/her own Facebook page. That goes for Twitter, Flickr, Instragam and any of the other social media platforms du jour. Just post the darn pictures on your profile and call it a day.

2. Hair salons. You may think your kid is cute and funny, but that doesn’t mean the other ladies getting their blowouts agree. Most women go to the salon to relax, but you ruin that when you bring your little rugrat along. I know this firsthand because my stylist asks me to leave my daughter at home before every appointment. I know it’s annoying to pay to get your hair done and pay a sitter, but just take one for the team. Please.

3. Bars. I feel like this should go without saying, but apparently some moms in Brooklyn take their children–infants, even!–to bars. Perhaps these really are family-friendly establishments, but as a general rule of thumb I think it’s probably wise to keep your children away from adults who might get wasted.

4. Public bathrooms. I know it’s sometimes unavoidable, but they’re really no place for a child. It might be okay if kids could stand still for five friggin’ seconds, but there’s a good chance the moment you walk in the most disgusting public restroom you’ve ever encountered your child will touch the walls. Or pick something up off the floor. Or volunteer to flush the toilet bare-handed. And then before you can make it the 3 steps to the sink, the little bugger will already be biting his/her nails or rubbing something out of his/her eyes.

5. The Ob-gyn. Again, maybe this should be a given, but let me explain. My gynecologist actually requested that I bring my daughter so she could see her. She did deliver her, after all. But my daughter is 3 now and yeah it’s just not easy to explain what happens during that appointment. Not to mention that toddlers ask a crapload of questions and you really want your doc focusing on the task at hand during that visit.

6. Weddings. Obviously you shouldn’t bring your little one to a wedding that’s explicitly an adults-only affair, but you should probably considering leaving the kids home even if the bride and groom are cool with kids. Why? You won’t have any fun. You’ll spend most of the ceremony shushing your kid and most of the reception getting him/her to eat the cold chicken. So unless you want an excuse to cut out early, book a babysitter.

7. Fancy shoe stores. Remember that scene from Sex and the City? The one where Tatum O’Neal’s character goes to Manolo Blahnik to buy Carrie’s shoes and the saleswoman says something like keep your kid’s grubby hands off the shoes. Yeah, I agree. If you can’t afford to pay for whatever your kid might break or damage, just don’t even go there.

8. Protests/Demonstrations. Unless your cause directly relates to children and you need your kids there to prove a point, keep the youngins out of it. Though they’ll probably get a kick out of chanting, your kids will likely have no idea what the heck everyone is screaming about. Plus, there’s nothing sadder than seeing a red-cheeked toddler sitting on some curb holding a sign for free commuter parking or lower city taxes.

9. The Strip Club. Horrified that this one is even on the list? Me too. But after seeing this video, I feel the need to remind some moms that it’s simply not cool to bring your kid to a strip club. Or to bring the strip club home to your kid.

10. Reality TV. If you want to be on a reality television show, more power to you. But don’t subject your kids to the scrutiny of being on TV. Growing up is hard enough without television cameras documenting your every move. The sad truth is that whatever money you make from the reality show you’ll probably have to spend on therapy for putting your kid on the show in the first place.

What about you? Are there places you just would never bring your kid? Share in the comments.

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  • Kassie Rempel
    September 7, 2011

  • Hilarious. And since I own a shoe boutique (and am a mother of two), I’m all for #7.

  • CaseyDeuce
    September 7, 2011

  • Can I interject that pets don’t need to go to these places either?? Influx of pets with FB pages and blogs is making me CRAZYYYY!!

  • Rosey
    September 7, 2011

  • My ex takes our 12-yr. old daughter to the bar every single weekend he has her, for Karaoke (and he has for over a year now, and will probably continue to do so). People do get wasted at the establishment they frequent. She’s told me stories that amaze me (nothing dangerous so far, knock on wood). After talking to her father numerous times, with the only result being a middle-finger picture posted to his Facebook (with the caption, ‘For anyone who wants to tell me how to raise my daughter’) we took it to the courts. For those who do not know…it is perfectly legal to take a child into a bar whenever you feel like it, and if the other parent protests it, grouches about it, and/or is saddened by the whole turn of events, you are just deemed a bitter ex. by.the.judge.

    And so the beautiful young girl, who can sing like an angel, and is turning into a beautiful young lady, is exposed to a). a bad environment for a child (any child) b). is socialized to believe it’s ok, good even (my daughter thinks it’s wonderful that so many people come up to her and praise her singing), to take your children to such an environment c). is becoming far too comfortable with being in such a place.

    And there’s not one thing in the world we can do about it. You want to discuss frustrating beyond tears/words?

    A little too involved of a post, prolly, but most people prolly don’t know such a thing. I’d have never even considered such a thing being in my daughter’s life.

    That being said, I like your list. Some of them made me laugh, but you’re right, there really are some places we should go sans kiddos (including the bars!).

  • Julie
    September 7, 2011

  • For #6, what happens if your child is part of the bridal party as a flower girl or a ring bearer? Do we suddenly catch on fire after 8pm?

  • Eileen @ Bringing Up Bronwyn
    September 7, 2011

  • So what if our child needs to USE the restroom, they just have to wet themselves? Public restrooms is a bit ridiculous to be included on the list.

    I guess I should just stay at home until my child has grown up.

  • Kathy Davis
    September 7, 2011

  • Adult movies! I can’t stand finally being able to go to a movie and there are young children with their parents who are crying or talking. If I can get care for my 3 kids so can they!

    Really nice restaurants, if your kids are going to melt down easily don’t go!

  • Andrea
    September 7, 2011

  • When I was pregnant with my third child my husband asked me why I couldn’t take my older two kids to the doc appt. Really, like a 4 year old boy needs to be seeing that. DUH!

  • Shea
    September 7, 2011

  • I think Movie Theater (other than for a kid movie) should replace #4. Do you mean while you use the restroom? What if the kid has to use it? That’s just not realistic. I agree with the others.

  • Janis
    September 10, 2011

  • Adult movies with PG-13 and R ratings with violence and profanity. I can’t believe parents would bring young kids to watch The Hangover or Bridesmaids. Also casinos and gambling halls and places where there is a lot of smoking.

    Disagree with #4 if the kid or I need to go there is no choice. I have used many public restrooms just need to be mindful about hand washing and not touching the doorknobs.

  • Kelly
    September 23, 2011

  • I have a problem with #4. I’m a single mother so when I take my son with me, he has to go to the bathroom with me. No way am I leaving him outside the bathroom while I go in. Hello, anything could happen!! We recently went to Dollywood and they have a sign posted on their non family bathrooms that state ‘children above the age of 6 need to use their gender appropriate bathrooms.’ Again, I’m not sending him in by himself. The family bathrooms were way on the other side of the park too. *grumble, grumble*

  • Allyson
    September 28, 2011

  • Unless it is a movie made for very young children or a cry-baby matinee, I don’t think children should be taken to movies until they are old enough to sit through them quietly. I couldn’t believe how many young kids were in the theater of Drive the other night. The violence in that movie was disturbing for me to watch and I’m 21! I’m surprised movie theaters weren’t on the list.

  • jdwoods
    October 14, 2011

  • Malls when it’s really busy. I’m not a mom (and won’t be for at least another good 10ish years), but I have young nieces who I love and adore as if they were my own kids. For Christmas I usually get them a small gift for the tree and then bring them someplace special afterwards, but I would never bring them on a Friday or Saturday. It’s too hectic, too easy to loose one of them (it wouldn’t be bad if it was just one kid, but with two that are both under 7, it’s too easy for them to go in opposite directions). So I usually go on shopping outings with them on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, or if I have to go on a busy day I snag someone to help me chase a child if need be. I also have a rule with them that when we sit to eat someplace that their butts stay -in- their seat. I hate it when parents allow their kids to play hide under a table and run around the restaurant. My nieces do it with their parents but not with me. When they’re with me they stay where I can see them.