Children in the German capital Berlin are to be exempt from strict laws on noise pollution.But if you allow children to be noisy all the time, they will become the worst thing on earth: noisy adults. Berliners should not be so sentimental; quiet children will lead to quiet adults.
An amendment to the city's law now makes it "fundamentally and socially tolerable" for members of the younger generation to make a racket.
Berlin has become the first of Germany's 16 federal states to adopt such legislation.
But all Berliners - children included - must continue to respect the official quiet time at night and all day Sunday.
Until now, only church bells, emergency sirens, snow ploughs and tractors have fallen outside the stringent rules on excessive noise in Germany.