What is the drinking age in your State? 18? 21? Most States are 21 including California and Florida. We all know that it is illegal for a minor to drink or even hold alcohol. I am hoping we all agree with this.
How many of you would go to your neighborhood watering hole/dive/bar/whatever, take your 5 year old with you and then sit them at the BAR next to the drunks? If you are normal I would say none.
Now how many of you would go to Disneyland Resort or WDW, take your 5 year old with you to a BAR and sit them on the stool AT THE BAR? I'm willing to bet there are more of you that would do that and right now I am calling you out as a bad parent.
If it is not ok to take Timmy to your local dive and sit him at the BAR (not a table) why is it ok to do so at the Mouse? Because it is DISNEY?! All of a sudden that makes it ok?
I know there are some people out there who think rules are made for everyone else but not for them and especially not for their special child. Sorry to ruin your day but your kid isn't special and neither are you. In California it is ILLEGAL to have a child at the BAR. I found out that while it is not illegal in Florida, what kind of message are you sending your child? Think about this for a minute.
Bars are places where grown ups go to drink fermented fruits and grains, let their hair down, perhaps curse, debauch, try to get laid, etc. This does not change just because that bar is now at the Polynesian or the Grand Californian. There are some places where it is just not appropriate for children to be.
* Strip Clubs
* Bath Houses
* The Adult Film Awards
* The French Quarter during Mardi Gras and....
I am so happy to report that the Rose & Crown pub in England at Epcot took out all of their bar stools! YAY! Now the kids can't sit at the bar, they have to go to the tables where they belong. However, not all of the bars have picked up on this.
This past trip I was at the Tune In Lounge and a family that was waiting for a table at the eatery next door decided to sit at the bar. While they are waiting, Dad wants a drink and sits their two tykes at the bar. So I turn to the kids and ask them "Are you going to order a beer or a shot of whiskey? Now make sure when you get back to school to tell everyone at Show & Tell that Mommy & Daddy took you to a BAR at Disney!" At that point Dad paid for his drink and Mom drug the kids over to a table, where they belonged. There was seating available so trying to tell me there was nowhere else to sit while they waited for their table was bogus.
I know, I'm a dick. Actually, no I'm not. I was being the adult. The fact that these parents could not walk 5 more feet to sit down on the chairs provided is not my problem. They are the ones setting the bad example for their kids by letting them know it is OK to sit at a bar before you are legally old enough to drink. They are saying that drinking is a family activity, like waiting in line to get autographs from Princesses or taking a picture with Mickey Mouse.
We should be teaching children to be responsible adults and part of that is the reality that there are some activities/areas that are for grown ups and not for kids. Period. Please think about the message you are sending to your child when you allow them into an adult environment and understand that when you bring your kid into my grown up house, I will not change my language or behavior because you were the one who decided to be a bad parent and take your kid to a bar.