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May 26, 2011 05:13 PM

Curb your kids signs?

It was politer than that and in Spanish

Gracias por cuidar a sus niños

Thank you for looking after your children

With all the vitrol that usually comes with the topic of children in restaurants, this seemed like a brilliant idea to me.

Has anyone seen anything similar in other restaurants?

It was discretely placed but in a location that could not be missed.

I think this would even work for the people who do let their children run wild. It might occur to them if they do NOT look after thier children, someone will say something. For those insulted by the sign ... well, good riddance.


1. This Is ONLY about if you have seen this elsewhere and what you think of the SIGN

2. This is NOT about whether you think children belong in restaurants or not. Plenty of threads on that

3. This is NOT about adults behaving badly in restaurants.

Thanks in advance for your consideration of the rules ... well, let's see if that works.

It just seemed so logical to me and I wanted others thoughts as I might suggest that to other restaurants where an incident with children and inattentive parents happens.

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  1. fwiw I read the sign as "Thank you for taking care of your children" ...but I'm not fluent in Spanish.

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    1. re: maplesugar

      Seems sort of the same sentiment as "Thank you for looking after your children".

      The big point is the request. It was unusual in that the restaurant is in the middle of a large lawn area. The first thing I thought was "This is a great place for kids, they can run around". I guess some must have run around a bit too much and this was the way the restaurant handled it.

      1. re: maplesugar

        I am fluent and this was the first translation that came to mind but I feel that it is the same sentiment as what the OP said.

      2. it's certainly more subtle than the ones here in the States that say "Unattended children will be given an espresso and a free puppy."

        though i have to admit that one makes me chuckle every time i see it :)

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I was getting ready to post the variation I've seen with a kitten!

            I like the sign and always chuckle too. I think humor can often get a point across without creating a defensive situation. I suspect parents of young children become so used to the range of sounds produced that they loose sight of how jarring it can be for those who don't live with kids. Same for the energy level of children.

            The visual produced from reading the sign is extreme enough to get the point across. FWIW, I've never seen a problem child situation in a place which had this sign posted!

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I have that sign in my kitchen, GHG, but it's sugar and a free puppy, lol!

              I love the sign the rworange saw, but cannot recall seeing one myself, nor anything similar! I hope it is effective. :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Good one. Will suggest both approaches to owners for the next "Kids gone wild" occasion.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  I've seen "Unattended children will be sold into slavery." I did not see any unattended children around, so either parents took the hint, or the proprietors weren't kidding.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I've seen that around and I love it!!! Although my first thought is to slip the offending kid a Benadryl :p

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                      1. i think it's a little pretentious

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                        1. I think it's fine -- subtle enough to not be "in your face" (although the espresso-puppy sign is funny) and gets the point across that kids should be parented.