CNN today asked its reader “What other patrons’ behavior would most likely to spoil your restaurant meal?”. More than 40% of the 15,000 participants agreed that the most annoying behavior in a restaurant is “Out of control children.” See most recent result here.
With the above in mind I don’t think American tourists would enjoy eating Mansaf or Shish Kabob at Jordanian Restaurants. I have read many American and European bloggers living in Jordan discussing the issue of “out of control children”. Jordanian families are used to doing everything together; they eat, shop, entertain, go out, visit friends, and go to doctor together. The idea of babysitter is FOREIGN in our culture.
During holidays and Eids my grandparents house used to be more crowded and noisier than six flags amusement park. Indeed in Jordan children are out of control but there is a reason behind that. It could be the lack of playgrounds, or the parents’ unintentional moment of pride. Or maybe it is more complicated than that but we will leave it to the experts. It is just a culture thing.
Here is the CNN poll but check this link for the most recent result. What is your most annoying behavior at restaurants? Mine would be “loud cell phone conversation” which comes second in this poll.
p.s. This post is for humor only and not intended to damage Jordan’s tourism sector. Our children are loud and out of control but we are friendly and known for our hospitality. So, please come visit Jordan and spend some money .