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    because you raise an important discussion.

    Of course, I wasn't in the grocery store. I didn't see what you did, so there's no way I can answer the question: given the exact situation you were in, how would I have felt?

    I know how I feel when I'm on an airline and the toddler two seats away fusses nonstop for the whole flight. In that case, I request earplugs from the flight attendant, and I'm very understanding of the parent. "Don't fly with young children," is obviously unreasonable advice. The nuisance, in that case, is unavoidable.

    On the other hand, when two kids who look to be almost five are screeching nonstop at the top of their lungs inside a cavernous pizza parlor, I'm resentful. I'm just trying to enjoy my meal, and enjoy my adult companions, and that's difficult. This is a clear-cut case where parents need to impose limits, and aren't doing that.

    There are a lot of guilt-racked parents these days, who are divorced, or who work long hours. They compensate for their guilt by not reigning in their children appropriately, or holding out reasonable expectations for their behavior.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 08:59:12 AM PDT

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