Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
Do kids need entertainment every waking moment?
So the past two times we have been out for dinner, there has been a table close by with children watching either a DVD on a portable player or kids playing devises like PSPs.
If the parents gave the children headphones, I think I'd feel much better about it. But the constant dink dink type noises that come from games makes me twitch.
Is it really necessary that children are entertained in this way even during dinner times? Admittedly we are only in a diner, and not some terribly fancy restaurant - but we have a larger family with the foster kids, and that's about as fancy as we get unless it's a special occasion.
'My' kids tell me all the time that I am excessive with my expectations of manners and I am in comparison to their backgrounds. When we eat out, they are expected to have proper table manners, to keep their voices at a controlled volume, not wear caps, please & thank yous etc. Heck even at home, when they play games, they have the volume muted.
Anyone else noticing that children seem to be entertained every waking hour of their lives? What are your thoughts?