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At the ice show.

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This happened years ago, but I thought it would be a good topic.  Who knows, it might happen again.

Years ago, I took my kids to an amusement park. It was very, very hot, so we ducked into the ice show to get out of the heat.  Shortly after the show started, the kids fell asleep in their chairs.  I probably would have done likewise, but I had to monitor the kids.

Soon, the people behind me (several adults with small, school aged children), started speaking in loud voices about um..s-e-x.  I would say x- r-ated.  Right in front of their kids.

I don't know if they were idiots, or idiots who wanted to annoy me and the multitude of people around me.

I'm guessing they were the latter.
I ignored them, as my kids were asleep.  But I wanted to clobber them.

What would you have done?

I probably would have given them a really baffled look. Because I would have been baffled.

I'm not sure this would bother me that much and if it did, I'd have moved rather than approaching the talkers. Kids don't usually pick up on such topics unless someone is making a big production out of "shhh!! Kids are present". If someone was describing a particularly gory film or their child's bowel movements I wouldn't want to listen either, but they are perfectly entitled to (even if it makes them seem terribly uncultured oiks).

Hmm....I think talking loud enough for others to hear you during a show is rude regardless of what the topic is.

That being said, I don't think talking about sex in front of their own children is inherently rude.  Talking loud enough for others to hear their adult subject is rude, kwim?  I have to be honest, if I was in your shoes I wouldn't really mind my (theoretical) children or their children hearing about something like Scrabble because its not a taboo subject in my family.  My family has always been very open about Scrabble and about any questions that I or any of the younger kids have always had. 

That being said, I understand that there are other families that are not comfortable with these subjects being talked about and would respect that.  I think in this case, the people were rude although since your children were asleep there wasn't much you could do unless you woke them up and moved them.  I wouldn't necessarily call them idiots either...they just do things differently than you do.   

I don't think talking about s-e-x in front of their kids makes them idiots per se, but there is a time and a place for everything.  An ice show isn't one of them.  I agree with PP that kids probably aren't going to pick up on that sort of thing unless someone makes a to-do about it.  If it's bothering you, I think the best thing to do would be to move.


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