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Don't Kid

Would you consider banning little ones from your location?

By Chris Penttila

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Customers are seeking an escape in your upscale store orrestaurant. But their solitude is interrupted by a screamingtoddler. If you're lucky, mom scoops the little noisemaker upand leaves. If they stay, well, your other customers get to decidewhether to stay or go.

Now, some businesses--mainly restaurants and coffee shops--arecreating "no kids" sections, scheduling hours whenchildren are welcome, or banning kids altogether. "A lot ofparents have this laissez-faire discipline policy, which means kidsgo crazy," says Robert R. Butterworth, a Los Angelespsychologist. "This [trend] is part of a backlash."

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