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The cold war between parents and those who are child-free shows no signs of thawing. Why can’t they just get along?

Tanya Sweeney


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'I was the person who would inwardly groan when I saw a small, hyper kid toddle up the airplane aisle and land in the seat next to mine'

'I was the person who would inwardly groan when I saw a small, hyper kid toddle up the airplane aisle and land in the seat next to mine'

'I was the person who would inwardly groan when I saw a small, hyper kid toddle up the airplane aisle and land in the seat next to mine'

Every so often, tensions rise between the haves and the have-nots (kids, that is). Last week, the cold war seemed to really heat up.

The first news story that caught my attention was that of Vogue Williams requesting that a solo traveller switch seats with her because she wanted to sit near her children. All very understandable if you’ve ever been a parent travelling with youngsters, but the moment seemed to touch a collective nerve, and sparked a heated debate on whether people flying with children should expect any kind of special treatment from child-free travellers.


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