Am I the only parent who doesn't give a crap about what other peoples' kids are doing?
As a spin off of "your kid has a meltdown in a restaurant" post, I wanted to ask am I the only one who doesn't pay attention to what you and your kid are doing.
I have a child with autism, but I don't spend the precious few hours I get of respit concerned about what some other child is doing at another table. There was ONE time that I complained to management about what a child was doing-- she was licking clean silverware at another table, she went and put her fingers inside the glasses at yet another table, and she took food off of the plate of an absolute stranger of another table. The parents did nothing, most people in the room complained and they were asked to leave. I was there with my kids, and the ONLY reason I said anything was my kids were even complaining about her.
For the most part, I tune your children out, I'm way too focused on my family, my kids, my table, to give flying fuck what you are doing at yours. My son doesn't tantrum at a restaurant, he's grown out of it for the most part, and in the really, really, really once in a lifetime time he did, we left.
I'm just trying to figure out this phenonom of allowing one child to ruin your evening. Do you also let people who sit at the table and talk loudly on cell phones ruin your day too? Do loud obnoxious drunks ruin your weekends? What about kids playing in their own backyards yelling and screaming? Do bratty kids at Disney World, set you off? Do you ever stop and think that you, who are bugged by some absolute stranger in a bad moment, that it's you with the problem and not the kids?