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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 05/16/2010

Post poll: D.C.'s baby wars

By Washington Post Editors

A Post story today examines a brewing battle over babies in the District. As the writer Annys Shin puts it:

Politicians and planners have heralded the return of young families to such areas as Washington, Boston and New York as a sign of resurgence. But as the ranks of parents and their tykes have swelled, so, too, has resentment over having to accommodate them in public places. Skirmishes have erupted on buses, in parks, on playing fields and in bars. Often, the conflicts pit parents against childless adults who, after decades of middle-class flight, have gotten used to the sense that they have the city to themselves.

So, who's right? Take our poll:

By Washington Post Editors  | May 16, 2010; 12:39 PM ET
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No poll link?

Posted by: dottydo | May 16, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The story had a comments box but it was not working. Does the WPost do this for controversial stories?

Well behaved kids are adorable. Kids playing in appropriate places are cute. Big strollers and crying babies do not belong on Metro during rush hour. If you have a stroller, use the elevator - don't try to use it on the escalator. That is just dumb and inconsiderate.

Posted by: Whazzis | May 16, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Children have been allowed to become bullies of their parents in today's society of overindulgent parents rearing undisciplined, demanding children. The unhealthy environment of today's parenting style allows great guilt to be applied to the parent if they do not sacrifice their entire lives to entertaining and doing for their children's every want or need. Therefore, the child has come to expect that the world is their oyster and their every demand must be met quickly by any and all adults. This is a very dangerous and unnatural state of affairs and is culminanting into children who grow up to be totally unrealistic in their expectations of the world they live in. All that they have been taught is backwards to how the adult world works and the child/adult finds themselves on the outs with their world and unable to cope or function properly.

On the other hand, children who are brought up within healthy families where they are made aware of their own importance and the place they occupy within the family, and the respect they are expected to show to other family members and all people tend to grow into a well balanced adult with their head on straight, completely able to function and interact within their adult environment.

The pendulum has swung so far to one side that it is time for it to right itself and create a balance once more in the rearing of healthy, happy children to become productive, well adjusted adults. And none too soon, I say. lol

Posted by: prossers7 | May 16, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, this is just stupid, pointless bickering going on with horrific issues looming in the background.

Why investigate possible war crimes being committed by US troops at Baghram (sic?) air base or that a Senator beholden to the oil industry blocked an effort to raise the liability cap on oil companies when we can talk about this!?

Posted by: Liebercreep | May 16, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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