Yes. It's distracting to him and irritating to others
In some circumstances I suppose
I'm not sure
No, children cry sometimes, they have a right to ride the bus
I hate kids and they shouldn't be allowed in public
Jackboots always come in matched pairs, a left boot and a right boot.
(1) Child is running around the bus and endangering him/herself or doing something that is physically impacting the driver (trying to grab the wheel or step on the gas). No question--kick that kid and mother off the bus.
(2) Child is throwing up all over the place. OFF.
(3) Child is sneezing openly on other people. Sorry, but with Swine Flu--you're outta there, bud.
Those are the type of circumstances that I think a child w/ the parent can be kicked off. The circumstances in this case? NO WAY.
I hate it when parents don't control their kids as well. I would rather leave a place if my child was out of control and would inconvenience myself to avoid the disruption.
My point is that parents should use taking their child on public transportation as a way to teach them about manners in these situations (don't use outside voice, don't run around, etc.).
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi
When kids are too young to reason with, too young to have an intelligent conversation, they still understand they committed a faux-pas when you beat that ass.
When they're old enough to reason with, the need to beat that ass declines, because you can now explain to them that certain behaviors will result in you beating that ass and they have internalized the concept of cause and effect, making a true intellectual leap.
If you beat that ass enough when they are young, then by the time they are big enough to beat your ass, they will be sufficiently conditioned to obedience that you remain in control.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
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"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke