Unfortunately (or fortunately), we do not live in Italy, Thailand or any other child-friendly country, where the heels are ready to kiss the child from morning till late at night and where the louder the children scream, the more tender they look at them.
If you already need to visit public places with your child, your task is to ensure that the child does not cause inconvenience to others.
Concede children need a place, but not due to the fact that they are hard to stand. And then I have heard more than once: Young still, stand !. The reason is that children find it harder to keep their balance, therefore, it is easier to get hurt in case of sudden braking. However, whims like I want to sit near the window! should be stopped if for the sake of this desire half of the passengers of the minibus are swapped.
Another important point – yes, the child has the right to travel in public transport for free, but without providing a place, which is often forgotten by parents. Yes, if there are few passengers, you can sit down anywhere, but in the opposite situation, I prefer to either sit down only my daughter or buy two tickets.
With the stroller, of course, going to the store was much easier. Now, when you rush about between Mom, buy! and thinking about varieties of cheese, it remains only to recall the time when it was possible to carelessly and leisurely throw food into the basket of the stroller.
By the way, besides the wheelchairs, no children’s transport is allowed on the territory of the sales department. Ie, to fix the baby on a scooter or in a bicycle, alas, will not work. It remains only to tell the child boringly that it is impossible to leave the mother, throw food on the floor, act up, smash expensive champagne.
Now my daughter is almost 4 years old, she is already well-versed in the departments of nearby supermarkets. Therefore, it is enough for me to say: I went to the milky, and the child knows where I will be, while she is looking at the showcase with the dolls.
Another one – to fix the baby can be in the cart for products. However, sometimes I watch with horror as some mothers plant children right in clothes and shoes on the bottom of this very basket. And then they put food somewhere near the feet of a child who, 10 minutes before that, was still jumping in a puddle. Is it really impossible to use a special seat for children (or for bags, someone like), which is usually in the cart?
In a cafe and restaurant
I have already written about the rules of behavior in these places, if you’re interested – you are welcome to read 🙂
My daughter and I are frequent guests of such events. In places that are meant for children (a zoo, for example), it’s somehow simpler – there are playgrounds and ice cream rides. But with museums and exhibitions for adults more difficult. First, decide whether this visit is necessary for the child? Maybe it makes sense to go the most?
Recently, my husband and I were at an exhibition of human bodies and organs without skin. To my surprise, there were many children there. And not conscious inquisitive 5-7-year-olds, but children in slings, wheelchairs, who were terribly naughty at the sight of a cirrhotic liver and tibia. And one mother even breastfed the baby, hiding behind the stand with the stomachs. Children are good, but then they really gave me an inconvenience.
A great option is open air exhibitions. We often have exhibitions of flowers, figures of them. There is also an open-air museum. Advise children in advance that it is impossible to walk on lawns, litter and break exhibits.
Remember that just for you your baby’s cry is like sweet music. And for others it is an irritant. And the excuse: Well, it’s kids! sounds unconvincing. All the same, I’m sorry, to relieve the need in a flower bed and say: Well, I’m a man !.
Yes, children tend to act up, cry and wallow on the ground in hysterics. But the task of adults is to make all these tricks as invisible to others as possible. It is necessary to educate a child from early childhood, and not make excuses to others and compensate for the damage to institutions.
And how do your children behave in public?