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Letter: Parents ought to leave unruly children at home

Parents ought to leave unruly children at home

Working in the medical field for the last 35 years, I have pretty much seen it all. The most annoying thing is when parents have an appointment and bring small children with them who are out of control. They disrupt the entire office and staff. They run in and out of rooms, have tantrums when they don’t get their way and make it near impossible to examine the patient. What happened to children who can sit quietly and play with a toy you have brought to occupy them? They were taught to use their manners in public.

I even had a woman who, in the middle of her exam, started to nurse her 3-year-old while I was trying to ask questions. I know it is not always easy to find someone to watch small children, but in a routine exam that was planned, it seems more thought can go into child care prior to the exam.

Judith Whitehead

East Amherst