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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    DS has been going to restaurants with us since he was 6 months old and he's never had a iPad /played with our phone - but - I'm always prepared with toys, cars, colouring in stuff , games etc , I have a backpack that stays in the car with hot wheels cars, snakes and ladders and a minion colouring in set and books in case of restaurant emergencies! If it was a big event then we always try choose places where they can get up and be noisy as really it's not fair to have young kids sit at a table for hours!
    Just to clarify my kids don't get iPads at a restaurant when it's dinner. But if it was a big event with nothing really for them to do I'd consider bringing them (for my older kids anyway). My eldest went to my parents 50th wedding anniversary party which was during the day. It was blisteringly hot and there was nothing for the kids to do. We didn't have an iPad and the kids were all really bored.

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    Thanks guys, it's tough isn't it? It was an adult birthday in a large function room at the back of a pub. Everyone knew each other and the kids are all growing up together. No other patrons in the area and it was very casual, no tables etc.

    We arrived with matchbox cars, puzzles, books crayons and paper. If DS was older I probably would have brought cards and board games. That's what I did growing up!

    I'm being naive aren't I?

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    I'd still take all the colouring toys etc and bring them out. I'm constantly amazed at how kids are actually quite happy to play with that sort of thing if it's available. Keep the iPad in the car for an emergency.

    Honestly when I had only one or 2 kids I'd bring so much stuff with us but now I have 4 I'm just grateful to get out of the house in one piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally1981 View Post
    Thanks guys, it's tough isn't it? It was an adult birthday in a large function room at the back of a pub. Everyone knew each other and the kids are all growing up together. No other patrons in the area and it was very casual, no tables etc.

    We arrived with matchbox cars, puzzles, books crayons and paper. If DS was older I probably would have brought cards and board games. That's what I did growing up!

    I'm being naive aren't I?
    Honestly, I would be much more relaxed knowing my kids were in a corner somewhere playing an iPad than running around playing with all the kids and shouting and screaming at a pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Honestly, I would be much more relaxed knowing my kids were in a corner somewhere playing an iPad than running around playing with all the kids and shouting and screaming at a pub.
    I guess. They weren't anywhere near the pub area though and there was no bar in the room. It was during the day and kids were expressly invited.

    What did we do at these things when we were kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally1981 View Post
    Thanks guys, it's tough isn't it? It was an adult birthday in a large function room at the back of a pub. Everyone knew each other and the kids are all growing up together. No other patrons in the area and it was very casual, no tables etc.

    We arrived with matchbox cars, puzzles, books crayons and paper. If DS was older I probably would have brought cards and board games. That's what I did growing up!

    I'm being naive aren't I?
    Not naive at all. I keep a small book and pens in my bag for kids to draw and i have trains for ds to play with and small books. I do sometimes let them use a drawing ap on my phone

    We went to an event at an rsl it was in a separate room from everyone and dh's aunt actually bought a few old school games for the kids to play and they had a great time

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Honestly, I would be much more relaxed knowing my kids were in a corner somewhere playing an iPad than running around playing with all the kids and shouting and screaming at a pub.
    I guess it depends on what you're used to. Living in inner city Melbourne for the first 5 years of my parenting almost all our socialising was at pubs. If you select the right place they can be very kid friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally1981 View Post
    I guess. They weren't anywhere near the pub area though and there was no bar in the room. It was during the day and kids were expressly invited.

    What did we do at these things when we were kids?
    We used to run around and play and make new friends and make noise! At a pub there is absolutely nothing wrong with that !

    That's what's wrong with today - kids should be kids , they should be noisy , they should play with other kids cause that's what they probably want to do - they shouldn't have to sit in a corner

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    I really try to not hand over the iPad straight up. I prefer ds to play with cars or run around with friends, if that's appropriate. I don't think I've ever been somewhere that all the kids have Ben ipadding and not playing, though our son is 4.5 and most of our friends have kids the same age. They all love to play together still

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    I feel like a really old fuddy duddy! My poor kids don't have iPads or anything their school doesn't use iPads either but they do have a computer lab. I got a little horrified and I admit did a bit of judgey m'cjudgey (in convo to my DH) when I saw a little girl about 5ish sitting in the shopping trolley at a busy supermarket playing an iPad and when my bestie bought her one year old an iPad for her first birthday (all three of her children take them everywhere so they behave). It makes me a little sad to be totally honest & I hope the kids are getting equal free time to play and we just don't see that iykwim


 

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