Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kid Friendly Country

A general mulling on SA today... It's our second time here, first with kiddo in tow. I am blown away by how kid-friendly everything is here. This is not to say that the Netherlands is anti-children. But it's different. Like our trip to Spain, you can tell here that children are not only catered to in most establishments, but they are welcomed. Pretty much everyone, staff and fellow tourists/customers, is happy to see your kid. Nearly every restaurant had high chairs for her and crayons to boot. We stayed at B n Bs and self-catering so I can't speak for hotels. But in general people just like kids here. And you see everyone out with their kids. Granted we were traveling in what is the equivalent of August school holiday high season, but almost despite that you could tell people were genuinely happy and enjoying having small people around.

I think the difference in the Netherlands and I dare say in the US, is that children are at best tolerated. This is not to say we rocked up to a Michelin star restaurant with our toddler - we didn't seek out those venues that are posh and simply not the right fit for small people. There are restaurants here who expressly place signs to let it be known  that children under a certain age are not allowed. And that is fine, because there should be a respite from rug rats somewhere. But OH and I have enjoyed the genuine pleasure we see people take in our toddling kiddo. It helps she is only budding on Toddler with a capital T obnoxiousness and generally a sweet kid when we are out. The rest is just good, child-welcoming culture.

7 comments:

Lakeview Coffee Joe said...

I'm sure my area is NOT conducive to youngsters, but I'll find out soon enough.

Josh said...

Everywhere we go kids are pretty welcome. I doubt it would be the same in our old neighborhood, but out here in the burbs, it's all about kids, and if you don't cater to them, you don't get business.

inge said...

Come to Cape Town ? !!!!!

Cee said...

I am so sad that I didn't get to see you and the others! Even more cos I was staying in a hotel, only a few streets away from where O&W live!
But please do enjoy your last days, indulge!, it is so wrong to be back!
Luckily I got to see Inge, ;)), and hopefully we get to see each other soon, so we can exchange our travelstories. It has been way too long! xj

Lauren said...

The US is very child friendly, but it is very specific to where you are. When we lived in Lakeview, not so much, when we lived in Lincoln Park, it was a nursery everywhere and here in OP, it's all about families and kids. Glad you are having a blast travelling with your little gal and learning all the ins and outs of kid travel and its challenges.

Pulisha said...

Good to note for future bidding! I can't remember if I told you when we were first bidding on this post, but we almost ended up in Pretoria. The Philippines is pretty child friendly, but the expectations are different than anything we're used to. Generally, in the establishments we go to, the kids run around like crazy, wild things while the yayas (nannies) chase after them and the parents lounge around like nothing is happening!

alexis said...

J - we will catch you up in NL for sure!

Lauren/Josh - thanks for this feedback, that's actually really good to know.

Pulisha, I didn't realize it was Pretoria you were nearly stationed to!! It's super close to Joburg, we went yesterday!