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    Do you enjoy having children at functions?

    I had children at my Wedding and they made it heaps of fun!! Although I love children so couldn't have imagined it any other way. I gave the kids a bag of goodies each and in that bag there was some plastic musical instruments of which they went around and played for the guests (FIL wanted to kill me for putting noisy things in there). I absolutely loved it and don't think I would've enjoyed the day half as much had the children not come.

    I love it when children are at functions I think they just make it perfect.

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    Yes I do. I rarely go to adult only functions.

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    I enjoy seperate functions. I enjoy a function for kids, like a birthday party or family BBQ.
    I enjoy all other functions without any kids! I left my 3 kids for 10 hours to attend my brothers wedding.
    Wouldn't have had it any other way.

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    Casual get togethers at the park, bbq's takeaways, bistro type dining etc then yes, all very kid friendly.

    Fancy restaurants, formal engagements, weddings and birthdays (function room etc) then I prefer child free. Luckily all of our friends feel the same way.

    In saying that, most of our socialising these days is at friends houses with the kids or at the park etc.

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    I chose yes and no. It doesn't bother me to have kids at functions at all but I hate it when kids have to sit around at functions where adults are just getting drunk iykwim...

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    I voted yes and no.

    Informal functions like day time bbqs and children's parties - yes.

    Any kind of formal, evening, night time, or more 'elegant' function - no.

    At informal day time things then kids can be fun, and I see them as more family oriented events.

    For more dressed up/ eveningy type functions, then I think what tends to happen is EITHER:

    a) The kids are well behaved/ entertained, but bored and tired, and the parents can't socialise without interruption of some kind (depending on the age of the kids).

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    b) The kids are a bit more unruly, and the parents are either stressed/ trying to get them to behave, or else not caring and everyone else is stressed/ not loving it. The tone of the evening changes from elegant/ formal to something more 'family' and it tends to wrap up earlier/ not be as nice an event.

    I'm sure there are other options, but I'll try not to write an essay. And before anyone flames me, I say this as someone who regularly takes DD to restaurants. I take her as I don't always want to use babysitters, and I think it's important she learns how to behave in a restaurant. However, whilst she behaves well when she's there, I know it's not the greatest event for her (she would usually be in bed at that time anyway), and DH and I can't relax totally as we are ensuring she is okay/ occupied, etc.

    I love spending time with DD, but I also love more 'civilised' DD free evenings, where people can dress up, have a glass of wine, have an uninterrupted conversation, and not worry about anything other than the evening at hand. Ahhhh....

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    I never mind kids at function, they usually make it more entertaining! However I don't really enjoy taking my own children!! They are still little and I find I spend the whole time worrying about where they are, what they're doing and who they're annoying to enjoy myself, especially at non-family functions.

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    Dh and I rarely attend functions without our kids. They are part of us and we honestly feel it's natural to take them along otherwise we usually don't go!

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    I voted yes and no. I enjoy functions more when I don't have to worry about my child. But I have no problem being at a function with other peoples' children - if I'm not responsible for them then it's great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    I voted yes and no. I enjoy functions more when I don't have to worry about my child. But I have no problem being at a function with other peoples' children - if I'm not responsible for them then it's great!
    Ditto. If I don't have to deal with my child I don't mind. That being said it is rare that we go to a venue that isn't DS friendly. If it is a conference dinner etc DS will usually stay with the Grandparents etc. IT can be difficult though


 

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