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Do you feel welcome?

I’m one of those mums that feel like I should tidy up (as much as I can) if pops makes a mess when we’re in a cafe/restaurant or anywhere really… I think parents should tidy up after their little ones in public places as much a they can but today we went to the “child friendly” cafe near where we live (not for the first time) and as I sat at the table with my much needed coffee a member of staff came over and told us to make sure we tidy up after ourselves and put the toys away if the kids get some out.

I couldn’t believe it! I’ve been there on my knees cleaning up drinks pops spilt before so there’s no reason for her to think this time is any different. Am I wrong to think it was rude?

There’s a sign up about helping by keeping it tidy so do I really need a staff member telling me also? Especially just as I sit down to enjoy my drink?

Not long after that a big crowd of older kids came along and demolished the kids area (those parents wasn’t told to tidy up I might add) and I had an older lady come up to me and say how well behaved my kids were. (I was with my cousin and her kids) which really lifted my mood!
I think some people are so quick to judge me because I look young (ha) and I dress fairly casual that somehow I’m going to be reckless and won’t control my child. I won’t lie sometimes she is uncontrollable but that’s not because I let her, it’s because she’s a toddler!

I love the idea of this cafe but I don’t think it’s as good as it could be! The second time I went I ordered pops a babychino and the lady (same one from today) made her a small coffee?!??!?!? I’m aware not everyone knows what one of those are but surely you ask and don’t assume? Espically knowing it’s for a child!

This turned into a bit of a rant didn’t it. Oops.

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

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