Thanks you for stating this so well! It is not the alcohol or consumption thereof I am 'sheltering' my kids from, but the nehavior that is so often present in such circumstances. It is not 'kids' in general that need to be avoided, but the poorly behaved ones that need to be asked to leave (and parented better). But that would go for anyone- poorly behaved adults shouldn't be allowed to ruin it for the rest of the gamers eithers.
but as was stated earlier- there is no one correct way to run a game store and a game store will be run differently depending on your intened customer base. (or even what state you live in). And it is a good thing to have so many options available to suit the needs of different people.
Kimberly- (whose sons were playing chess at 3 and Axis and Allies at 6. but that was just the older 2 kids)
On 8/7/07, Cheryl Orosz <cherylo@xxxxxxx> wrote:
As you no doubt expected, you have touched a nerve. I normally just lurk, but I cannot let your anti-family side shots go unanswered lest you think you are "correct" and agreed-with.
As a parent of two quite well-behaved kids who play games way beyond the recommended ages (e.g. my eight year old has played Robo Rally for over a year and her current favorite board game is Betrayal at House on the Hill), I take exception to some of your statements.
First, you are conflating a "family friendly" environment, which has freedom from sexual innuendo and four letter words, with a bad-behavior zone. Being "family friendly" has very little to do with keeping kids from seeing alcohol, as you should very well know. It has to do with the sorts of adult behavior that often happens around alcohol, including suggestive sexual language and swearing.