We went out to breakfast this morning. It was a lovely morning with blue skies and soft breezes. The restaurant was busy with happy people enjoying the early morning cool and sunshine. It was a full house with wait staff bustling about. On either side of us were tables filled with families.
On one side was a mom and two preteen kids. The kids were both reading books while the mom was engrossed with her SmartPhone. The table was quiet. No conversation went on. Even when their food arrived, they kept up with their reading and SmartPhone. One could assume that they were each doing what they want to do.
On the other side of us was a family of five. The kids were well behaved but completely involved in animated conversation with their parents and siblings. They were happy and vocal.
This lead to a long discussion between John and I about the "proper" way to act in a restaurant. John's kids were allowed to bring books when they went out to eat. My kids were not. They were expected to carry on a conversation. The bottom line? Our kids are all fine and can converse intelligently, so in the long run it really didn't matter. Maybe it is not about the conversation, but about bonding with each other and the parents.Do you have an opinion?