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Kids Versus Adults

These days, it does seem that children are allowed into almost anywhere.

I remember when I was a child, there were clear boundaries between adult and child areas of society.  The pubs all had frosted or stained glass windows so that anyone under age couldn’t even see in!  As a child I never questioned that, but was always fascinated by what might lay beyond the mysterious windows.  Today, there is no mystery.  Public houses even allow children inside the pubs!  If I ever accompanied my parents for a drink in the evening (which was rare), we had to sit outside in the beer garden.

So 5 kids walk into a bar and...

It is similar with betting shops.  Although kids aren’t allowed in, they no longer have frosted or painted windows, in fact they seem to have the largest, brightest windows on the high street!

Where have the mysteries gone?  Kids no longer have to wait for the great adventures of seeing the inside of a pub after years of wonderment.  And because of that darned internet, they don’t even have to wait to see the opposite sex naked!  Now that is sad.  As for kids being in adult places, well, as one of those who enjoyed a more innocent childhood, personally, I wish they still weren’t allowed in pubs.  I have my own kids, but sometimes you need adult only time, even if the kids are well-behaved.

In my opinion, if we treat kids as little adults, then we take a magical part of their life away.  


2 Responses

  1. I agree with you. We shouldn’t rush our children through their childhoods, and some of the mystique of adulthood should be maintained.

    I feel like the Over 21 after 5pm or 9pm rules work well for the pubs. That way, adults still have adult time, and those with kids just need to leave earlier, while the place still has something of a family-friendly atmosphere.

  2. I totally agree.

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