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    Default how often do you go out and leave the kids with someone?

    As a mother, how often would you go out to social events or to dinner/movie ect with your partner WITHOUT your children ?

    Personally, we dont have the luxury of having family live near us that we could depend on to be here for our children if we wanted a night out. I wont hire a babysitter and we dont have reliable friends. If a social event is on or something we really want to go to, it requires planning ahead - way ahead and sometimes i just cant be bothered with the organisation/travelling arrangements/who will sleep where blah blah... ect. Sometimes it's just easier to be a hermit! LoL.

    Sometimes i get envious of couples i know who get to go on regular "kiddless dates". It's really annoying when i read it as a facebook status too..."out for dinner, WITHOUT the kiddlett!" .....out for dinner AGAIN?! awww i could only wish !
    The thing is, they have IL's that live 15mins away and their DD sleeps over their house so actually, they get a full night and morning child free whenever they want it. The go out for every birthday, anniversayr..you name it lol. Good for them!

    I guess if i did have my family (mum and dad or IL's) living near me i would take up the oportunity to get out more, just the two of us. But i dont think i could make a regular thing of it and i certainly dont think i could leave my kids overnight!! I'd miss them and it would just feel wrong. Lots change when you have kids and i think ive just become acustomed to "if they cant go, i dont go".
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    Default how often do you go out and leave the kids with someone?

    Twice, once was for a wedding and once was to mow the lawns.

    I would love to have someone babysit DD so we could have a date but family aren't near us.

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    Never and my family is close, all of them.

    The kids dad was taking them one weekend a month, it ladted 3 months.
    If he doesn't take them I don't get to go out. It sucks.

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    We'll maybe go out to dinner or whatever childfree once every fewmonths. Honestly though, we like going out as a family. He's a good kid, we go to restaurants etc and don't have a problem. As we live on a property its a real treck to go into town and part of the reason we moved here is because we dont like it in town.

    I dont know, but it works for us in every way.

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    Ummm never. I have family living really close but I've still never had them look after my kids overnight.

    We all go out together quite regularly the kids are usually well behaved and we enjoy it more if we all go

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    I agree in that i enjoy going out, particularly to dinner as a family too

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    Default how often do you go out and leave the kids with someone?

    DD spends the night at my parents once or twice a month when we have social events on or just need a break. The sleep in the next day is heavenly for us and she loves it - I struggle to get a kiss/cuddle goodbye as she runs off to play!! We started leaving her overnight at about 16mths when she night-weaned.

    I am due with #2 in a few weeks, and I am sure that organizing nights out without kids will reduce for a while, but that's okay.

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    Default how often do you go out and leave the kids with someone?

    Twice.

    Twice I have left DD with family so DH & I could go to an event.

    I have no desire to leave her anywhere unless absolutely nessessery.

    I love her company & our family outings.

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    Often. At least monthly, probably more. My Mum and In-Laws are really close by. They love having the kids, the kids love going there, hubby and I love the time together (or apart). Works perfectly for us. Couldn't imagine it any other way simply because we have family close by who are always wanting to have the kids over (that said my 4 y/o often organises her own sleep overs and then asks me if its okay). If we didn't have family close by, then I have no idea how often we would have time without the kids. I would find it very difficult without family support.

    ETA: as for going out to dinner as a family, it was great with one child who is almost always well behaved. However the second child is a maniac and I dread trying to keep her seated for any longer than about 15 mins! So, it's not enjoyable any more.
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    dd prob has a sleep over at mums 1-2 times a month. She loves it, and will often ask to sleep over (more because the dog/her best friend sleeps next to her!)

    Coming up to dec/jan she may have a few more sleep overs, we have a fair few family weddings and Christmas functions.

    She has only slept at my parents and my aunts house so far, and despite numerous offers from the inlaws to have her, that won't be happening for a very long time.


 

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