How often do you plan a week ahead of time by getting a sitter, just to have some adult time? You know you love your kids but to be able to carry out a sentence, much less an entire conversation, without interruptions or breaking up a fight–wouldn’t that be something? Adults with children, making a temporary escape, are just as uptight at kids being at their night alone as people without children at home.
Some companies make this their sole goal just to allow adults time away from children. Leave them Behind is one such company. They invite adults to visit destinations ranging from Australia to Vanautu for a peaceful and relaxing “adult only” vacation. Makes you salivate just thinking about it, eh? Well now, in addition to the destination being free of children, the trip on the airlines can also be child-free! With a poll stating 85% of the patrons said they would be happier if business class and cabins have restrictions, it would not seem like there is any controversy at all. But as you know, any time there is a change, there’s bound to be someone fighting tooth and nail against the tide.
And then there are people who actually think they’re going to see a movie and hear the whole thing! Have you ever looked forward to a fantastic movie, and when it finally comes out, the scene everyone has been talking about appears while “junior” in the back just realized he soiled himself? Can you get a refund for that? Doubt it! Or how about the little kid with soda-soaked fingers who manages to get them tangled in your hair? This would definitely be a night to remember, for sure! A Texas movie chain has done just that by having one night a week reserved for adults only!
How would grocery shopping be if you could turn your attention away from your cart without a passing cart’s child withdrawing produce from your cart without you noticing? Have you ever made it to the check out and realized too late, there’s a box of Cocoa Pebbles in your cart that some little darling has added for you? There’s a Whole Foods Mart in Missouri that has child-free shopping on Fridays! What would that be like having an entire shopping experience without having to listen to crying toddlers upset they’re getting the white milk instead of the chocolate?
According to Adweek those “germy broods” are being exercised from many marketing venues, including Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel who have instructed the guards to turn away families with children at the door since 2003. Vacation destinations, and even apartment complexes, have adult swimming pools and separate children swimming pools segregating the two for the relaxation of those who’d rather indulge in the sun than play Marco Polo.
If you want to take your kids somewhere fun, take them to an amusement park, McDonald’s, or somewhere that caters to children. They’d probably have more fun, anyway. Leave the restaurant making friends with a smile and a wave, rather than grimacing faces and empty tables. It’s a respect thang!
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