I absolutely hate it when people complain about children being out in certain places. I mean, I totally get that there are places children shouldn’t be like strip clubs or perhaps you may not want to take your colicky newborn to a fine dining restaurant. But places like museums or planes or your local cafe–I’m sorry people, you are going to have to put up with kids being there. Every time I hear someone bitch about a child in these kinds of places, I want to turn around and say to them, “What the heck? Did your parents never take you anywhere? Where you locked up in the basement until you were 18?”
What’s that, you say? What about the little monsters that no one wants to deal with? Oh you mean like the kids in this photo that was recently posted on Twitter?
— Stephanie Theodore (@TheodoreArt) January 26, 2014
Okay, so at first it doesn’t look so bad. It’s just a kid wedged in some kind of weirdish structure with the parents standing right by the kid with another child. No biggie, but they happen to be at London’s Tate Modern museum and that thing is a multi-million dollar piece of art, not a jungle gym. In the end, no children or artwork were harmed, but someone was irritated enough to call out both the parents and the children.
Listen, I have no problem with the parents being called out for not teaching their children proper museum ettiquette, but don’t call the kids “horrible.” It’s not children’s fault that their parents idiots.
Puh-leaze do not use something like this as an excuse to ban kids from museums. Use it as an excuse to get whoever is in charge to kick out these particular fools who should know better. I’m sure that if I were to climb on a piece of art, I would get kicked out, so go ahead and lead these parents and their children out the door so that all the other kids and grown ups in the joint see that if you misbehave there are consequences.