Child Free Shopping at Whole Foods Market

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Would you like a couple of hours to yourself? Drop your little ones off at the Whole Foods Lifestyle Center in Whole Foods Market. They will be entertained with crafts and stories.

Space is limited to 8 potty trained children.

Annie July 27, 2011 at 04:10 AM
@Nicolle, it appears you can not comprehend what you are reading, they are not banned. They can be dropped off to play in the LIfestyle Center.
Anna July 27, 2011 at 04:21 AM
http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/the-no-kids-allowed-movement-is-spreading-2516110/ This says you don't want children in your stores.
Annie July 27, 2011 at 04:40 AM
That article is abotu many places that are banning children, Chesterfield Whole Foods webpage does not state a ban.As much as I am for, to a degree, for the limited allowance of child-free shopping or eating out, I do not believe in banning. The banning in the same paragraph as the Whole Foods Missouri statement is for an outdoor area at a condo complex. Banning kids from the outdoors? I am unsure where that comes from, unless it is due to the same parents who let the children do as they want and when confronted say, "kids being kids." The website does not say anything about a ban on children, just 2 hours of child free shopping, ONCE a week, while the children play, color or whatever in the Lifestyle Center. I am a parent and it would be nice to be able to go to the market and not have to worry about some varmit running free, tasting the fruit, handling the veggies or screaming while the self-centered, so-called parent chats on their phone or shops. I once had some little brat yank my purse from my cart and when I yanked it back (it was also on my wrist) stupid Mommy yelled at me her spawn just wanted some gum. Not all children are like that, but the problem is not the child, rather the self-entilted paretns who believe the crap Mrs. Clinton spouted her garbage that it takes a village to raise a child. None of this would be an issue if parents would be parental and teach boundries, not just to their children but to themselves.
Amanda Wagner July 27, 2011 at 05:01 AM
They aren't banning children. I read an article that made me believe that this was the case, However, they are offering free child care to parents who would like to grocery shop without their children. Many stores are doing this, such as Fred Meyer(Dept Store), Giant Eagle(grocery store), even Ikea(Furniture store). I don't work for Whole Foods, or any retail store for that matter, I am a nurse, and mother of 2. and I have seen this done at different stores since I was a child. I have also taken advantage of this type of program, because sometimes, it's just easier and faster to get the shopping done by yourself rather than doing it with a stubborn, wild, or crazy child at your heels wanting every single thing they can lay their eyes on.
Jennifer Beal Ostlund July 27, 2011 at 07:32 AM
Um, Nicolle, did we read the same article?? Where does it say they are banning children?? I would love something like this especially since my hubby is deployed and my son HAS to go with me everytime.
Tiffnee Merrick July 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM
I do agree it takes a village to raise a child but i also believe that just talking to your child dosent always work and there is nothing wrong with spanking your child on the butt. If more parents cared about how there kids were going to to turn out like they would do something instead of saying they are just being kids. Parents who dont care are the reason they scream and make messes in stores, that is why stores dont want our kids there. Not all of our children act that way.
Bill Davis July 27, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Actually, the author of that shine/yahoo piece says this, EXACTLY: "Even running errands with toddlers may be off limits. This summer Whole Foods stores in Missouri are offering child-free shopping hours..." Off limits, then child-free at Whole Foods. The inference I drew was that Whole Foods in Missouri was banning children. The author needs to be more careful if that's not what she meant.
John July 27, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Looks like the article was wrong. I was looking forward to shopping in a child free environment. Whole Foods, if you do decide to go child free for a few hours a week, may I suggest Friday nights after 8:00? It would be pleasant to shop with only ill mannered adults to deal with as opposed to their ill mannered children as well.
Annie July 28, 2011 at 04:08 AM
You are so correct, not all children act that way as there are parents out there that do train their children how to act in public. It is sad that the many who think their child should be able to act as they want and if you don't like it you can go home-parents far out number those who do not think that way.
Jean Whitney August 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
John, you should tell us how you really feel?!


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