Everyone has an opinion on that Portland, Maine diner owner who shouted down a toddler in full tantrum mode at her restaurant. Critics said Darla Neugebauer overstepped her bounds, while defenders praised her for “taking a stand.”

As a parent of small, sometimes (okay, fine — usually) unruly children myself, I sympathize with the parents. But, as someone who also enjoys the quiet solitude of adult-time breakfast filled with pancakes, bacon and coffee sans screaming, I get that listening to someone’s screaming child is a terrible way to spend a morning.