Toddlers throwing temper tantrums in public is a common sight.
In fact I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve smiled awkwardly at an embarrassed parent as they try to prise their child from a supermarket floor.
Not being a parent myself I can’t fully appreciated the trauma of dealing with tantrums and I’m sure even the most perfect parents have had to endure an embarrassing public outburst from their child at some stage.
And whilst it’s something I expect to encounter on a shopping trip, there are certain places that should remain tantrum free zones.
I started thinking about this subject after seeing Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s 18-month-old daughter kicking off on the front row at New York Fashion Week for the second time.
On the first occassion I assumed the tot was expressing how we all felt about her dad’s ill-advised see through collaboration with Adidas.
But after chucking her toys out two days later at Alexander Wang’s show, it was clear little North West simply wasn’t a fan of sitting in silence surrounded by camera flashes and avant guard clothes. I can’t imagine why.
Anna Wintour’s stony faced reaction said what we were all thinking - why have you brought an 18-month-old to fashion week?
I know we criticise celebrity parents for relying too heavily on nannies but this was definitely a time to call in the babysitter and leave the little one at home.
In fact there are many occasions where doting parents bring their little bundles of joy to inappropriate places and this could be why more and more business are taking the decision to ban children.
This may sound unfair, but I tend to agree.
For instance you don’t want to pay over the odds to sit in a Michelin-starred restaurant enjoying a romantic meal only to have your fillet steak served with a side of screaming child.
Parents may play the discrimination card but if you are not old enough to say the word table manners, it’s safe to assume you don’t have any.
I’m not suggesting a blanket ban on toddlers in all restaurants, but there are certain establishments that just aren’t child friendly. Surely it’s better for parents to know up front rather than make a reservation expecting high chairs, changing facilities and plush play areas only to discover these places are far from child friendly.
A Malaysian airline also came under fire from disgruntled parents after banning children from its first class cabin.
Harsh you may say but if you pay thousands to enjoy a luxury long haul flight is it unreasonable to expect you won’t be woken be a screaming baby? - I don’t think so.