Thanks for all your comments. As I expected, it seems that people’s opinions on this topic change when they have kids themselves. No surprise there!
The discussion about the baby strollers was also interesting. In Britain, if a mother is struggling with a baby stroller, I can pretty much guarantee that someone will come to help her. I have done this myself in Japan a few times, but it’s so unusual that at first, the women looked scared because they thought I was going to mug them!
Like Anne and Kattie, I used to live next to a children’s playground, and I also used to love the sound of children playing. I suppose it’s just a question of “time and place.” I have to admit that I get really annoyed at noisy children in onsens. Actually, I suppose it would be more accurate to say that I get angry at the father / grandfather who is with them and does nothing at all to calm them down.
I suppose the most important point, however, is that unless Japan does something to boost the birth rate very soon, the country’s future is going to be very bleak. Of course we need a society that is more tolerant to children and young mothers, but we also need less overtime, more stable jobs, and better childcare facilities. I hope this government will find a way to do these things.
Here is some feedback on your comments.
They are all public places, outside the home are almost public places.
Almost everywhere outside the home is a public place. (A-Z: almost)
I still think that there are places that you shouldn’t bring your children while they don’t know how to behave properly.
I still think that there are places that you shouldn’t bring your children until they know how to behave properly.
I didn’t say that you can bring your children anywhere you like.
I didn’t say that you should be able to bring your children anywhere you like.
I was very much worring about the noise that our kids made, especially at night.
I used to worry a lot about the noise that our kids made, especially at night. (A-Z: used to)
and no matter we told them not to be noisy, they running around.
and even if we tell them not to be noisy, they will still keep running around.
The second son of my friend was diagnosed as autism
The second son of my friend was diagnosed with autism.
I don’t think nothing is wrong with this idea
I don’t think there is anything wrong with this idea
Anyway, it is sure that the society is becoming less torelant of children
Anyway, there is no doubt that society is becoming less tolerant of children.
I have noticed that people who haven’t had children often judge parents harshly and think that if they ever had children they would bring them up differently and their kids would be much better behaved.
Guilty as charged!
I wish we had the pacage like that when I gave birth to my sons.
I wish we had had a package like that when I had my sons. (“Had” is a bit more natural than “gave birth to.”)
I agree, but we should not forget that many of them have mental problems such as phonic tic disorders(音声チック障害), ADHD (Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder).
Some people doubt whether ADHD is even a real disorder. There is a strong argument that this idea has only been developed so that drugs companies can sell tranquillisers to children. The number of children on medication like this in the US is truly terrifying.
I’m not sure people became intolerant with the noise that kids made or not, but people’s lifestyle have(has?) been changing.
I’m not sure whether people have become more intolerant of the noise that kids make, but people’s lifestyles have changed.
Once you start complaining about the noise that kinds make, and then to whom you are complaining about the noise tomcat makes at night?
to whom are you going to complain about the noise that tomcats make at night?
There seems to have a lot of things to learn from Finland as far as child care and education concerned.
There seem to be a lot of things we can learn from Finland as far as childcare and education are concerned.
Did anyone watch the last night’s soccer game between Japan and Australia?
Did anyone watch last night’s soccer game / the soccer game last night between Japan and Australia?
We finally ended up with leaving there as soon as we finished eating!
We finally ended up leaving as soon as we finished eating!
I can’t agree with you more!
I couldn’t agree with you more!
I have heard about pachinko parlours but I didn’t know about the noise of election cars!
They are a complete pain in the ears! Everyone hates them.
Also, train stations and department stores are shouting to watch your step on rainy days and to be careful not to get your finger caught in the doors. No one needs that!
I think Japan is actually a very noisy country.
My opinion is from my own experience,
This is okay, but you could also say, “My opinion is based on my own experience.”
So, I agree with you that children are not interested in their mothers’ shopping at all, but I wonder mothers have to think childrens’ interests first all the time. Isn’t it a bit harsh?
Can’t they leave the kids with a grandparent or a friend? I think that’s what people do in the UK.
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend, and let me know if you have any questions.