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Ordered a new battery for the R75/5 (in the background). Finally.

Watched a bit of LJ drama from the sidelines. I'd link it but the drama itself was deleted to protect the guilty and side-discussion is friends-locked.

Watched a bit of convention drama (again, the discussion is friends-locked) from the sidelines. A convention in another time-zone that shall remain nameless just had a minor implosion on one of its web boards because a pair of folks decided that the convention wasn't doing enough to be "kid friendly" or "family friendly."

This kind of started with the head of the children's programming track asking for ideas for next year and quickly devolved into a few folks whining about how their needs as parents not being met was the reason the con is shrinking.

Now I know some of you with kids are probably less than happy with how I phrased that, but let me give you a bit of context.

One of the parties was stridently lamenting how with her children she and her husband can't have the same sort of con experience they did before the kids. Having parent-supervised kidspace wasn't an acceptable answer. "What if my husband and I both want to go to two different panels at the same time? We can't do that!" It's the con's responsibility to make this possible again by providing babysitting or daycare.

It's not so much a parenting issue as a "the world owes us" situation. As Susan Sto Helit said "Sometimes I wish there was a test before people were allowed to have children... well at least besides the practical." Raising children requires compromises of time, budget and lifestyle, and the fact that someone has a second or third child without ever accepting that is really scary.

Then again, there are a lot of consumer-fans without kids would rather beat their heads in vain against reality than learn to live in it...


Feb. 2nd, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Kid friendly conventions and the like

But as parent of 2 happy congoers and novice costumers (now ages 10 and 14), I still think adding the 1st child to our family mix was by far the most traumatic. Adding a 2nd one was not nearly the "trial by fire" that the first one was, since we had already learned to accommodate dealing with the logistics of young-un added to our lives. It just increased the workload, not instigated drastic change.

There's only been a very few times we've utilized some kid-programming at cons, when the kids were old enough to deal - like the "kid care" / costuming room at Mil. Philcon, where the elder could keep eye out on the younger (and was old enough to handle that responsibility.)