I have often wondered why Westerners have such a problem with children. Why they expect them to behave in a way that is completely against their very nature, to sit still and shut up and basically not be noticed. Now I have a child and every once in a while I am with my child in Europe, I think I understand the problem.
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People who don't work in such facilities hardly get to see children at all. There are no children on the streets or in the restaurants or even in the parks. Not during the day, because then they are confined elsewhere, not during the night, because that would be too dangerous.
Moreover we all grew up in age seperated settings and were groomed to not understand and not even know those younger or older than ourselves.
Children become obnoxious to the public because the public simply doesn't know how to handle them.
Don't believe me?
In Europe, when a person sees one ant in his house, he will get out ant boxes, spray cans, poisons, cleaning products... anything it takes to get them away.
I live in Africa. There is simply no way to get rid of the ants, no matter how hard I would try. So we happily co-exist. I don't think about the ants. I hardly notice them any more, they're just a part of life.
Children in the Western world are pretty much like ants, except that we haven't resulted to poisons (just yet?).