Parent critic responds

Re: E Harggam’s letter, Don’t judge other parents (Castanet, Oct. 25)

You think I don’t know how hard it is to raise a child?

I have two daughters and a son who also were once toddlers. Did we take them to restaurants, yes. Did I ever have to tell a one-year-old to not do something? Of course.

My point was those parents didn’t even try to stop their toddler. How is that toddler ever going to learn anything if the parents don’t try?

You imply that because I commented about a lack of parenting my children were likely “so perfect.” My children were far from perfect but they received an immediate response when they did something wrong.

I didn’t just abdicate my responsibility as a parent because it was hard.

I did not rush to judgement. I listened to that shrieking child for at least a half an hour. Funny, but you are passing judgement on me without having been in the restaurant, not knowing anything about me and lecturing me on what you think is important.

Finally, you indicate that maybe this was their first time out in months. Did you consider it might have been our first time out in months as well?

If you took the time to read my letter, you would have realized we don’t enjoy going out frequently so occasionally we splurge.

Is it wrong to believe we also have the right to enjoy an infrequent visit to a restaurant?

Robert Hepting, Kelowna

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