Wow this thread got huge fast. I personally am one of those parents who doesn't see it fit to take my 5 year old to a PG-13 or R movie, but I guess I was blessed with more common sense then most. o.O I think for movies of those ratings it is highly acceptable to give a child free time, as children shouldn't be in them anyway. If I'm going to see the 500th animated animal movie, then I don't think I need a child free time since it's purely for children. I also agree about banning kids after 10pm, they shouldn't be up and out seeing movies that late anyway, keeping them up that late creates an over-tired child more prone to fits.
I personally tip well always, and my daughter almost always eats out with me. I am the person to leave a $5 tip for a $10 check, but I believe in tipping well based on the service - not based on if my child is there or not. It's sad to hear those who take kids often do not tip well, it's not fair to the servers who usually have more on their hands when children attend with parents. My daughter is well behaved, not always, but she knows better when we are out. I am not above taking her into the bathroom for a spanking or going home if she misbehaves and "the look" is all it takes to curb any potential naughtiness at a restaurant 99% of the time. I keep her entertained, we work on spelling, reading and drawing, we discuss table manners before hand, why we can't run around, and using our inside voice. I think parents are mainly the reason for this. Kids will occasionally act up, even the best of them, but parents don't do their job when they go out. I would not take my daughter to a fancy restaurant unless on a rare special occasion and I felt she could behave there, and I would respect any place that did not allow kids. Back East she went out with us to a very nice place and did very well, but I didn't take a break from my job as a parent. I respect places that do not allow children because we all need a break from kids once and a while!!
Airplanes is a bit unfair in ways because all kids do tend to get restless there, but if you bring enough entertainment it should cut down on the fits. And if your child is crying on a plane pick them up and fix it however you can as quickly as you can. This would be the time to coddle a child you normally wouldn't just to shut them up and not drive everyone batty.
Grocery stores I have a problem with, since not everyone can hire a babysitter to go grocery shopping every week or however often. Again, it's back to controlling your children and parenting, no matter where you are. My daughter is 5 and if she acts up in a store she sits in the basket like a baby. That is motivation enough not to misbehave. We shop at Whole Foods, and in my area they have kid sized baskets so she can help while I shop. It keeps her entertained and productive, and every time we go adults are smiling at her and laughing at how cute she is at helping. We all have to get food though, and it's a little unfair to limit kids at grocery stores in my opinion.
Am I the only parent who had one of those backpack leashes for my child when she was little to keep her from running wild? How come these are not handed out at the hospital after you give birth? They sure prevent a lot of crazy kid behavior because your midget cannot go more than a foot away from you. And they are totally safe and non-painful for those who will be appalled I suggested such a thing. ^_^ My daughter's was a fuzzy bear backpack that I fastened her in with a tail for a leash. It was soft, safe and prevented ANY running around or taking off.