Ian O'Doherty: Well, they do call it tough love
One of the main problems we face in society today is the one posed by children. After all, how many times have you entered a restaurant only to have your dining experience ruined by the sight of a small child being in the room?
It doesn't matter if the kid is asleep or simply quiet, just knowing that they they're around is enough to set ISpy's teeth itching with irritation.
No, you take a tough line when you're dealing with children because if you don't they will ride roughshod over you and start making ridiculous demands -- meals every day, a new pair of shoes every year, that kind of thing.