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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?
    I don't remember ever having a function in a pub as a kid, only at people's houses.

    If I had a function in a room in a pub and invited kids, I would've hired some sort of entertainment for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    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
    It's not just kids today though. The whole children being seen and not heard was the 40s generation and earlier too.

    There's a time and a place for everything. I guess with a spread of ages amongst my kids and all of their friends I see so much variety in kids and how at some ages they obsess over technology whereas 3 months later they never turn it on.

    My kids run around and are silly, or they sit quietly and read or draw or yes occasionally go on iPads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    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
    Sorry but I don't think it's appropriate for kids to be running around in a pub. At people's houses, for sure but not in a pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Sorry but I don't think it's appropriate for kids to be running around in a pub. At people's houses, for sure but not in a pub.
    I tend to agree. I don't care how kid friendly a place is I don't allow my kids to run around in a restaurant or a pub. There's food, glasses that can be knocked over and yes even people who might get annoyed. We took our kids to kid friendly pubs in inner city Melbourne but they were expected to behave themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    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.
    Plenty of kid friendly pubs/clubs here. I would choose one with a play centre or something once the kids were crawling/walking. Or we would meet at a playground or play centre to socialise. We used to take turns each week at hosting our mothers group catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsIsMe View Post
    . 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
    Hey McJudgey,
    Maybe the Kid in the shopping trolley had special needs and having an Ipad was the only way the poor parent could get get through the supermarket and get everything she needed without the kid having a major meltdown. Even if the kid didn't have special needs, she was only 5-ish! How bloody boring for a 5 year old to hang around a supermarket while mum and dad do the groceries. Why is a kid who needs an I-pad to get through a shopping trip less 'playful' or whatever? Why are the parents less "mum of the year" material? Who says that kid doesn't go making mud pies at lunch time or building Lego towers after dinner.

    Don't feel sad for the parents. Don't worry about what they are doing - it's not your business and chances are you don't know all the facts.

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    Maybe not for you - but most pubs have a area where kids can be - usually the restaurant or beer garden , they are not allowed in the public bars and obviously I'm not an animal and would not let DS run into other patrons and smash glasses and the pubs we go to are very kid friendly - id much prefer my DS to be playing outside in the beer garden with other kids than stuck inside on a computer but that's just us
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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.
    Totally agree.
    1) as a parent I don't want to go to an adult birthday party and spend 75% of the time chasing my kids. What a waste of an opportunity to catch up with adults I don't get to see that often. If an I pad gives me a bit of freedom for an hour then god bless the I-pad.
    2) I don't think a function room at a pub is an venue at which you should have expectations regarding kids playing fabulously. You can't get them too riled up as then you start interrupting the adults enjoyment. Want a perfect play date? Invite a kid to your house.

    OP - unless the kids were the same age (3ish) they may not have played with your kid even if everyone was at a BBQ at your house where there were no I pads. Child friendships are a complex thing - can be heartbreaking at times.

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    Default Screen time dilemma

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Maybe not for you - but most pubs have a area where kids can be - usually the restaurant or beer garden , they are not allowed in the public bars and obviously I'm not an animal and would not let DS run into other patrons and smash glasses and the pubs we go to are very kid friendly - id much prefer my DS to be playing outside in the beer garden with other kids than stuck inside on a computer but that's just us
    I live to see my kids running around a beer garden with the wind in their hair and the sun shining on their face.

    However.... I don't know whether it's more my kids age (young) or temperament. I can't let them out of my sight or who knows what will happen. The only way I can enjoy the running-around-the-beer-garden experience (still engaging with the other adults etc etc) is if the beer garden is fully fenced in with a child proof gate, there are not multiple entry points/entry points to the inside area that are out of sight, and it's not too crowded. Unless it's the perfect beer garden then at some point (30 min mark?) I might whip out the phone/I pad so I can relax and have some adult conversation.


 

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