Cafes wrong to kick out upset kids - parenting expert

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 1:02p.m.
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A Napier cafe has been criticised for kicking out a family over their angry child. 

A local mother told TVNZ she felt like a bad parent after being asked to leave a Taradale cafe due to her child throwing a tantrum.

She says she was trying to calm her child before the manager came over and asked if she could leave. However, the cafe's owner has described the tantrum as a nightmarish that was affecting other patrons. 

Parenting expert Angela Cuming told Heather du Plessis-Allan that the cafe is totally in the wrong. 

"Absolutely 100 per cent wrong! I think it's absolutely reprehensible. Last time I checked, children are still human." 

She says that it is likely a rare outing for a tired mother, and the cafe staff should have helped the mother out instead. 

"Offer crayons and colouring-in, don't just ignore them."

LISTEN ABOVE AS ANGELA CUMING SPEAKS TO HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLAN