There's an ancient proverb that goes something like this: "If you wait long enough, any conversation on the internet will eventually turn into a debate about kids misbehaving in public." OK, maybe it's not ancient — and it's probably not strictly speaking a proverb — but it's basically true. Simmering just beneath the surface of any comment section is a surly person ready to complain about this one time a baby cried on a plane. But I urge people who are less than charitable towards kids to ask themselves a few questions before growing annoyed by children in public.
Look, I'm not saying people's precious little hellspawns should have free reign to take a metaphorical (or literal) crap all over everyone's good time. Parents have decided to revolve their lives around these little creatures, more or less, but not everyone has made that decision. As a result, it's up to the parents to try to make sure their kids are being respectful of public spaces and the other people in them. But like everyone else, parents and children are humans. They're not always perfect, and we can't expect the stars to align at all times to ensure exactly the kind of experience we want when we're out in public. In other words, when you're out in public, expect to deal with other members of the public. More often than not, kids are included in that definition.
So with that in mind, here are some questions (and answers) to help you make peace with you less than ideal circumstances: