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Mind Your Manners
When dining out, I try not to turn around when I hear some wailing kid causing a commotion. I’ve been there as a mom, who so wanted to dash before my dinner so the scene would not disturb others. I understand how hard it can be to keep your children quiet.
But one diner earned a meal discount -- for her well-behaved kids.
Staffers at Sogno Di Vino restaurant in Poulsbo, Wash., were so impressed by the manners of one patron’s children that they deducted $4 from her bill, the Associated Press reports.
Laura King, a mother of three – ages 2, 3 and 8 --- said that she posted the receipt on her Facebook page and that a friend later posted it on Reddit.
“This was definitely a random act of kindness,” King told the New York Daily News. “We didn’t go to the restaurant expecting a reward. We expect our kids to act this way whenever we are out and about. This was just a small surprise.”
“Everybody in my generation was raised to behave in restaurants,” Sogno di Vino owner Rob Scott told AP. “That parenting skills have been forgotten in some cases.”
So should bad-behaving kids result in a surcharge?
They won’t get one at Sogno Di Vino, Scott said.
And speaking of awarding kids for certain behavior, Scott Baier of Boston recently made headlines for offering his 14-year-old daughter money to stop using Facebook.
On his blog, Practical Sustainability, Baier drew up a Facebook Deactivation Agreement stating that he will pay his daughter $200 if she stays off the social media site.
“We are very surprised by all the media interest, but this was not the goal,” Baier said about the agreement that was initiated by his daughter. “Hopefully, this will inspire a few other dads/daughters to consider a similar hiatus.”
Here’s another question for you: Do you think kids should be financially rewarded for behaving a certain way, such as getting good grades, curtailing their social media addiction or being respectful in a restaurant? Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name, city and state. Put “Mind Your Manners” in the subject line.
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It’s My Money
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