Yeah, I know I’ll catch flack from a certain segment of parents out there who will scream from the rafters that we should back off and stop berating them for how they raise their spawn. Maybe even a few who read this blog will let me have it. Well, I just don’t care.
You see, I have had it with improper parenting and so have many people who I know. After traveling across country on a biz trip to Las Vegas for the umpteenth time once again I saw things that made me cringe. The bottom line is how I feel about taking small children to casinos. Stop it. Just stop. Really, parents, STOP bringing your kids to casinos. Sure, Vegas is going through another transition again where they are trying to portray themselves as a cross-breeding science horror experiment of Sin City and Family Friendly, but that still does not mean you should drag little Johnny and Kimmie there for a family vacation. Yes, I know that Vegas features many great spots to eat, terrific shows and entertainment, fabulous resort hotels with awesome pools and amenities, along with things to do off the Strip. Parents that I saw with their kids in tow at all hours of the day and night will argue until their last breath that it’s a wonderful destination to bring the whole family. Sorry, I’m just not buying into it.
Hell yeah, I will be the first to admit that I love Vegas. Been there many times and it’s still one of my favorite cities to party at whether there on business or a personal getaway of debauchery. It never gets old to me, and each time I arrive there is always something new to discover. A headlining big name show, celebrity chef eatery, wonderful bar for cocktails, extravagant casino, etc. This town is an adult Disney Land, and offers everything a grown person needs to get off and live by the motto “what happens in Vegas…..” Perhaps this is why it ethically and morally bothers me when I see parents dragging their little kids through smoke-filled casinos. Past throngs of people gambling their paychecks away. Hanging around those drinking and being inappropriate. Being exposed to suspect patrons participating in almost every vice known to man of which you should really be shielding your youngsters eyes from. No reason to expose them to this stuff at a young age. They’ll have more than enough time to do it all themselves as they reach adulthood. Leave the bad vices to us already in adultland to enjoy. It’s our own choice to engage in them or not.
There are hundreds and perhaps thousands of locations to take your kids to in this great country of ours for a fun vacation. Yup, I hear ya when you say you’re sick of Disney World and it’s super expensive now. But let’s be real. Vegas is not cheap anymore either. The better casino hotels can become just as costly when you add in the room, food, travel, and entertainment expenses, not to mention the amount you’ll probably blow at the casino. Long gone are the $5.99 prime rib dinner specials. Expect to pay inflated casino rates on most everything. Now here’s the rub. This generation of parents just don’t seem to be into the old-fashioned wholesome vacations or family getaways as in the past. Many parents still want to party like when they were single, wild, and child free. Don’t tell me that when they asked their kids where they wanted to go they jumped up and screamed “let’s go to a casino!” The parents are selfishly making this decision and disguising it as a family vacation. I see through the chicanery here. It’s mainly for the parental units, and they throw in a few things for the kids to do along with their own gambling and partying, and then proclaim they all had a super time!
Now, I know not all parents are like this. Some do go to spots like Vegas and Atlantic City with their kids and actually do many things outside of the casinos. They will score some comp rooms or decent rate deals and use the more kid friendly amenities. Maybe take them shopping or to see an appropriate show. Head to the beach and boardwalk in AC. Then again I have seen horrible parents who will gamble on the casino floor and leave their kids sitting in the lobby alone, half asleep, bored, and waiting for them to get done. In the wee hours of the morning. Oh yes, I have seen this firsthand up at the two well-known large Connecticut casinos. It’s both a sad and disgusting sight. Some parents should have never been allowed to breed as they lack a much-needed responsiblity gene.
Maybe viewing things like this have made me so against bringing children to casinos. I just find it wrong on so many levels. Then again, I am also one of those New Yorkers who hate when I see parents bring their kids to bars. Heck, I know mommy and daddy need a drink now and then, but not in the bars I am hanging out in getting my buzz on. No one really wants to be getting their drink on surrounded by little kids and crying babies. There are more than enough places other than the local watering holes where parents can take their kiddies on a weekend afternoon.
Well, that’s my rant for the week. Take it or leave it. What are your thoughts on this subject? Agree or disagree? Is this a morals thing or just the way parents are nowadays?