Jack Cafferty to Parents: Your Kids Aren't Special

CNN commentator Jack Cafferty is mad. Steaming mad. At your bratty kids for disturbing his meal.

In his new book, Now or Never: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream, Cafferty writes that though education is in a sorry state, parenting is even worse:

Exhibit A: My wife and I have just been seated for dinner when the maitre d' walks over and seats a young family at the table next to us and the kids start carrying on like orangutans on a leash.

The parents are going, "Timmy, that's not nice, don't throw your food, stop stuffing your mashed potatoes up your nose." Are mom and dad having fun yet, picking food up off the floor, apologizing to people like us, and wiping food flung across the table off their faces?

Some parents still have this attitude that their kids are too special to be burdened by discipline. And the rest of us are supposed to put up with their little mutants. That attitude really pisses me off.

I hate to break it to them, but the kids aren't special, and I don't have to put up with their behavior. If you can't control your obnoxious little brats, leave them home.


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Scuppy I'm sorry you had the misfortune to deal with bratty kids and their moronic parents at your workplace.If it interests you and others I agree that some bratty kids have blameworthy parents. Also and if it ain't off topic I'm the type of person who's civil to bratty kids including kids who I simply don't relate to,however, I basically REFUSE to treat them the exact way I treat kids that are significantly the opposite (in a positive way of course.)Therefore people including the parents,child advocates and law officials have NO RIGHT to expect or force me to be "extra-nice" to kids that are un-excitable in my opinion.Finally it goes to show that some kids I'm content with while others I'm not.
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We took our 5YO son to Tavern on the Green for dinner. The two couple next to us, dressed to go to the theater later, looked down their four long noses. Our son was perfectly behaved; one of the ladies knocked over her drink on the other lady. Ooooopsy! We laughed after they were gone.
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You want to know who Jack Cafferty is. I'll tell you. If anyone can dispute these facts, by all means, do so.
He was an admittedly abusive alcoholic who also ran over a bicyclist in New York then fled the scene, running TWO red lights in the process before the cops stopped him. He now expects us to have sympathy for his recently deceased wife, when in fact he most likely made her life a living hell with his alchoholism. I truly detest the smugness of this jerk and the fact that he thinks his opinions are worth lisitening to.
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Kids ARE NOT like the weather. They are not beyond your control, and they are not a power greater than you.

Anyone who thinks their children are “like the weather” has no freaking clue how to discipline and remain in control. You’re kids have no right to invade or disturb other people’s space. If their having a bad night, get your food to go. End of story. I have seen too many well behaved children to have patience with the one’s whose parents think their s*** doesn’t stink. If you want to let your kid run the house, fine, but that dynamic needs to stay in your house.
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