True - DS is very chilled and never strays plus I've got older nieces (13) who are always with us ( or even better my mum!) so I know I'm lucky and we go out nearly every weekend so it's never been a worry for me but, I've only got the 1 so it's easy
I must be very behind the times as it's never crossed my mind to do the iPad thing. And occasional boredom? That's normal. I got bored sometimes growing up... I tell my DD to meditate, haha! 😜 No but seriously, she is really a very calm and sociable young lady, in my area parents would very rarely get out an iPad and tbh I have never witnessed it firsthand.
I don't see a beer garden as an appropriate place for kids to be running around.
It is not about not having a babysitter. I just would not be able to relax at an adult function with my kids running around. I would be too busy trying to watch my 3 children with only 2 eyes. Not possible.
My kids hardly play their iPads and I've never been in a situation like the OP has described but if it was my function in a pub then I sure as hell would've made sure that the kids had something to entertain them if the function was longer than an hour.
When my kids are running around I try and keep aware of whether they are impacting other adults enjoyment. Eg I won't let then run through the Tables, scream, bang things on the metal fence (making a tonne of noise etc). It's very tiring . I would rather give them an I pad or not go at all to be honest.
When I say if it was my function and I would make sure kids were entertained, I don't mean iPads. I mean jumping castles, entertainer, something.
I reckon most children could last 40 minutes at the most before they start getting bored and then start doing things that would stress me out.
I have 3 kids aged 4 - 13 and have never taken an ipad to a social occasion with other kids. The kids go to be social and play as well...it's usually a family occasion, not an adult event with kids present. It's never even occurred to me to take a device, and I've only occasionally noticed other kids with them - although it's usually mums phone haha.
As for pubs, we have several near by where kid "running around" in the beer garden is catered for - in fact most families bring a footy/ball/frisbee to play with. Parents are usually enjoying a chat and kids are making their own fun...
Petting zoo in a pub???!!
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