We are often out late with the kids, they don't go to bed til anywhere between 10pm and 1am anyway..
We stayed at a friends for the footy and miss 2 got very tired. She went to bed at 8.30 (an hour past her bedtime).
We'll go to my besties place each week for dinner and vice versa and to DS1 footy club for training then dinner after wards each week. DS2 even went a couple times before the season started. If the weather is the shiz we won't go out though. But notmally once a week for dinner we won't not going out just because we have kids.
We josh spent a week in bris with family and my kids weren't in bed till 9-10pm most nights. It was a holidays and bedtimes don't apply. My dd3 tho slept shockingly as she is little miss routine, but quite frankly I'd rather have a happy healthy social life and deal with lack of sleep than stay home all the time just for her. Once school is back the bedtimes resume normal hours and all will settle down.
Ie at Xmas time we are planning midnight mass and a New Year's Eve party. My kids will be fine. The 6&4yo will probably party till 3-4am and I will wear miss dd3 who will be 15mth old in my ergo. This way I can still dance and not miss out on that fun while she snores on me.
In my family staying home because of kids bedtime is weird. In my husbands family it's odd that we take our kids out with us.
We usually have dinner out on Fridays at family's houses. Often not home until 9ish. Our 3yo copes fine when out so long as he's occupied, so it's not really an issue for us, and he tends to sleep in if he goes to bed late.
I would avoid taking him somewhere he couldn't entertain himself eg footy, I would prefer to organise a babysitter for my own sanity, but I wouldn't rule it out anyway
It doesn't affect our social life because we have no issues getting a babysitter or taking turns going out for girls night/boys night etc
Generally DH and I will take turns going out to avoid disrupting the kids in school nights. But on holidays and special events we go out as a family.
I hate being tired and not getting enough sleep so I avoid it for my kids. They still wake up at 6:30/7 anyway so I stick to their bed time as much as possible with a later night here or there ok.
It's very rare for me to be up after 11pm so late nights/parties do not appeal to me at all these days.
I go walking 5 nights week at 8:30 so I like my kids to be in bed by 8 on those nights.
We do, but not very often. Probably because for 7 years we've done nothing and unluckily for no 3 he just has to suck it up and go with the flow! Lol
We went to a soccer presentation night 2 weeks ago and ds3 2.5y hated it so much I ended up having to drive him home at 830, he just hated the noise, too many kids, kinda loud music. He cries if I leave him at home with his grandparents so I feel very guilty about leaving him behind.
As for gong to friends places, yes, I take them out and take their pjs with us. We don't go lots but wen we do, we'll happily stay till 10pm if the hosts are willing and kids are having a good time.
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