Rio Blanco County is a county full of families. The towns of Rangely and Meeker seem to grow daily as new babies are added to the population and the number of children in each grade at school seems to rise each school year. It is wonderful to be part of such family oriented communities.
As a parent you think your child is great and love to hear their laughter and are able to put up with their crying. When you are around other peoples’ kids you are often so used to the noise of your own children that you don’t even notice. What about the times you want just a parent’s night out or what about those individuals with out children though? Is the presence of children unwanted sometimes?
Looking at the new trend throughout the United States, the answer to this is yes. There are businesses around the country that have been establishing new rules for when or even if children are allowed to be in the establishment. This ranges from airlines banning children in 1st class, to movie theaters banning children after certain times or on certain days, and even restaurants banning children under certain ages. There are even websites poping up that help people search for child-free businesses to frequent such as happilychildfree.com.
This new trend is causing a lot of debate among the parenting community. Is banning children a good idea or a bad one? Both sides of the debate have strong points and feel very strongly about their position. Outlined below are some of the points on each side of the debate so you can decide on your own how you feel.
Those Supporting the Bans: There are many people who have kids and who don’t who see no problem with the bans.
- Being a parent is a tough job so when mom and dad get the sometimes rare opportunity to go out alone without the kids, they may want to go somewhere where they won’t have any kids around. Some parents feel the worst thing on the rare night away from the kids that they can encounter is somebody else’s crying child.
- Why would a parent want to go somewhere that isn’t kid friendly with their child anyway? There are some places that are clearly catering to an older clientele like some really fancy restaurants. Some parents wonder why they would even want to fight about having the right to take their child somewhere that is obviously made for an adult.
- The businesses without bans will be even more kid friendly then they have ever been according to some parents. They will work even harder to stress their kid friendly atmosphere and therefore will be an even better option to take children too.
Those Against the Bans: With as many people as there are who support the bans, there are just as many if not more who are against them.
- If children are banned from a few places many more will follow and it will soon be hard to find places to take kids. This is the thought of many a parent. Some parents worry that choices of where to go as a family will become very limited and this is a real concern to parents against the ban.
- Well behaved children shouldn’t have to be banned because some children are not well behaved. Many parents feel that their child has been raised knowing how to behave in public places and it feels like an insult to be told that their child is not behaved well enough simply because they are a child. They feel all children are given a bad name.
- This is considered by some to be a form of discrimination. While any adult, well behaved or not is welcome, simply because of age a child is not welcome.
- The noise children make is natural and to limit it is uncalled for. Parents who are against the ban fear that they will soon have to stay home for fear their child will be considered too noisy anywhere in public.
Whether you are for or against the ban, it is certain that you have strong feelings on your reasons why. Here in Rio Blanco County the residents are lucky that they have a very family oriented county so the ban will most likely not effect any local businesses. There is the possibility that it could effect some businesses in larger places like Grand Junction though where both Rangely and Meeker residents travel often.