Some establishments, including restaurants, movie houses, and grocery stores, are instituting a ban on kids under six (or at least establishing kid-free times). I've got some questions about this trend.
1. Are children more un-mannered than they were, say, 20 years ago? 2. As a society, are we becoming less tolerant of children than we were ten years ago? 3. Do more parents ignore their children's bad behavior in public places? 4. Do we want an adult-only environment because we continually segment society? (Churches do this by having worship for kids, young adults, those over 35, seniors, etc.) 5. Is there something a lot more pernicious: Are we showing an anti-human bias?
If bans like this spread, they can affect large portions of society. For instance, my extended family is planning a get-together at a local eatery this week, which will include my daughter and her three very young sons. We'll try and get tables at the back of the restaurant, and bring toys. But if bans like these spread, family get-togethers, like mine, might not be possible.