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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    If it's a function where kids are not allowed to actually play and have fun then why take them? Luckily our friends and family cater for everyone's kids and hold functions or dinners at appropriate places or if we want an adults only dinner or catch up you just don't invite the kids , I'm lucky I have plenty of baby sitting options so I suppose it's never been a worry for us and why I've never needed to sit DS in a corner with an iPad, I suppose if you have no other option you have no other choice
    Unfortunately not many people have appropriate babysitting services at their fingertips. Some parents can't leave their kids with others for whatever reason. So having functions where kids are invited are the only way some parents can socialise with other adults.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    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.
    For your situation sure, for mine , with 1 kid and the pubs we go too ( big one in the inner west, one near home that my friends own and one in the shire that even has a jumping castle for the kids) the pub is a great place for families, friends and kids to catch up, we've spent many happy hours at the pub with kids so that's probably why I don't think its inappropriate

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I don't see a beer garden as an appropriate place for kids to be running around.
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    Good point. Some beer gardens are more kid friendly than others. But you still have to be aware of others.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilkyMama View Post
    I must be very behind the times as it's never crossed my mind to do the iPad thing.
    You're not that behind the times if you are using a smart phone to participate in an online forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    For your situation sure, for mine , with 1 kid and the pubs we go too ( big one in the inner west, one near home that my friends own and one in the shire that even has a jumping castle for the kids) the pub is a great place for families, friends and kids to catch up, we've spent many happy hours at the pub with kids so that's probably why I don't think its inappropriate
    I don't think a pub is inappropriate. We go to our pubs/clubs a lot to eat. But they have face painting or drawing or petting zoos to entertain kids. When we go up to the central coast for the day, we always go to a club that has a kids' playground so the kids can run around in there.

    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.

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    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...

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