In my experience, this has a lot less to do with kids and more to do with people taking consideration for others.
This isn’t really that much different from the person who talks on the phone all day, driving the person who sits next to them up a wall. If they actually knew who the person they were sitting next to enough to care, they’d take the call somewhere else. 9x out of 10, relative anonymity leads to people being less considerate of the person they’re affecting.
As more and more of our members have kids, we’ve gone out of our way to think about them and their kids. Setting expectations of what’s kid friendly (if anything) and what isn’t. Instead of making it about their kids, make it about making sure that they’re more aware of their surroundings.
You specifically mentioned that this was guests for an event, vs. your members. This is DOUBLY important because event guests rarely have an introduction to the space and the community enough to have those relationships where they’d think about who they’re impacting. It’s just an event venue to them. Whenever we have guests, we go out of our way to explain “what is this place” and focus on the fact that this is effectively other peoples’ home and so it’s important to be respectful of their space, belongings, time, and attention.
Don’t be afraid to set the bar high, and let people step up to it. Sure, some people will let you down, but you’d be surprised how often people will surprise you in a good way.
On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 8:14 PM, Kate Kirwin [email protected] wrote:
Just wondering what everyone’s policies are on kids? It hasn’t been an issue before but recently we have had people come in for events and leave their 4/5 year old unattended in the space.
I’m torn because I know its difficult for single mother entrepreneurs to find childcare (its expensive and its inconvenient) but at the same time a) an unattended child can easily hurt themselves on tables/running into things, cords, heavy doors b) a lot of members have their expensive tech on their desks which easily break if knocked over and c) they are often loud and disruptive. In addition to that, one of the events involved 100+ people and alcohol, which is a big risk area for a small kid.
We don’t have a dedicated area for children, and as far as I know there is nowhere around here for daycare.
How do we stop kids coming (and how do we manage it when they are already here)?
I’d love to know everyone elses policies on this!
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