We love how this dad called out his fellow patrons who stared and maybe judged when his daughter threw a tantrum at a Red Robin restaurant.

By Melissa Willets
March 08, 2017

A dad blogger's account of having to drag his toddler out of a restaurant because "mom wouldn't let her throw chicken strips" is going viral because it turns the long-held belief that parents should be able to control their kids in public on its head.

Clint Edwards, who writes about all things parenting at No Idea What I'm Doing: A Daddy Blog, recently wrote a Facebook post recounting what happened when he, his wife, and their three kids went out to dinner.

Naturally, his toddler-age daughter had a meltdown, and since he was done eating, Edwards says he had "the pleasure" of removing his tantruming tot from Red Robin.

As he explains in the post, many fellow patrons looked at him as he left Red Robin with his screaming child as if to say "if you can't control your kid, then don't go out."

"Well... no. I can't control her," Edwards writes, going on to say, "She's two and it's going to take years to teach her how to act appropriately in public, and the only way I am ever going to teach that is to take her out and show her what's right and wrong. By saying no a million times, letting her throw a fit, and telling her no again."


Edwards wants the staring, smug diners inside the restaurant to know that their "parents did the same" with them. Yeah, because at one point, we were all screaming toddlers in a restaurant.

This on-point parents ends his post with a powerful lesson for anyone who got angry or judgmental as he dragged his child out of the eatery. "Realize that what you are witnessing is not bad parenting, but rather, parents working hard to fix the situation. You are looking at what it takes to turn a child into a person."

I can honestly say I will never feel ashamed again when my child acts out in public. Because as a wise friend once told me, "You always have the right to parent." So to anyone who wants to stare, be my guest! I'm going to make like Edwards, and work on raising my kids to be (good) people.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.

Comments (1)

April 17, 2019
I completely get where this dad is coming from, and mostly agree with him. However for many over 50, their parents did NOT take them out. Eating out was a special thing, and kids weren’t taken out for dinner until they were old enough to behave. There weren’t a zillion places to go to eat. Eating out was a big treat.That is not the climate today. People eat out all the time with their entire families, and I appreciate what this parent is trying to do. But he also needs to be realistic about how people of older generations might view it, as they aren’t going to understand why he has a child that young eating in a restaurant at all. I’m not saying he’s wrong, just pointing out that there are reasons people react that way that he may not have thought of.