Hi National Post readers!

by DaniGirl on October 22, 2012 · 0 comments

in Mothering without a licence,My 15 minutes

Welcome National Post readers!

If you’re looking for the blog post referenced in Sarah Boesveld’s article in the weekend National Post, it’s here: http://danigirl.ca/blog/2009/09/21/no-strollers-allowed/

On the issue of kids being banned from public spaces, I love the quote Sarah pulled out of our interview. She wrote:

Danielle Donders, a mother of three boys in Manotick, Ont., near Ottawa, was offended when she was blocked in the doorway of a shop by its owner as he told her she couldn’t come in with a stroller —an experience she wrote about on her blog Postcards from the Mothership.

“I don’t think kids should be banned from any place because kids are as different as grown-ups. And you know what? There are some grown-ups who should be banned from public spaces,” she said. “If I have a really extraordinarily well-behaved child who likes sushi and who is able to make conversation better than the guy who sits next to me in my cubicle, then I should be able to make that judgment call. And I would hope that if my child is throwing the sushi around that I’m going to intervene — that’s my job as a parent.”

After flying from Ottawa to Florida with three kids ages 10 and under who were complimented not once, not twice but three times, and who earned a free meal from one Delta flight attendant because she was so charmed by Simon’s gracious manner, I think it’s safe to say that all kids have good and bad days, but to issue a blanket ban of all kids is a ridiculous idea.

What do you think?

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