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    On the rare occasions DH and I have gone out and left the kids with a babysitter we don't drink or only one person has a drink. I'm a lightweight and get monster hangovers really easily. The idea of having 2 noisy kids with a monster hangover isn't something I would relish.

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    To put it simply, yes.

    We also usually send the kids overnight with the family, so it eases the pressure of needing to return home in a hurry.

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    When kiddo was younger if I was having a night out I always made sure he wouldn't be in my care until the afternoon of the next day so I was covered. These days I don't go out but it wouldn't matter as he is independent and is used to me sleeping or resting because of my work hours.

    These days I am generally too tired to go out. When I have a Saturday night off I am usually in bed asleep by 8pm because of how exhausted I have been from the week.

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    Default Do you enjoy nights out when you have young kids?

    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    My DD is 13 months old and we have not had a night out together yet and I can't see that changing anytime soon. We could pay a babysitter I guess but neither of us have a burning desire at the moment. If we were to go out it would definitely just be dinner and a movie! I don't really have friends to go out with so that doesn't happen either but I'm also so buggered by the end of the day and still busy with work/study generally anyway.
    LMS I don't think you're a killjoy. Or boring. Let him get up and deal with the girls with a hangover and see how much of a killjoy he is
    Who is babysitting while you're at the party? Can they sleep over and get up to kids in the morning? Otherwise I do think that either you take turns in dealing with kids the morning after or both just get up. So not fair if he always gets to laze in bed while you're on parent duty.
    My parents will be here but will go home when we get back. They are not early birds and I feel like I'm asking too much to stay overnight and tackle mornings as well.

    When the kids are older it'll be better as they can have sleepovers at nannas..... But tbh wasting a whole day feeling less than 100% has completely lost it's appeal. And my god how I love early nights tucked up in bed... It's my favourite thing!

    Dh and I have come up with a solution that is what @FearlessLeader does, so we will take it in shifts.

    I'm looking forward to dressing up and make up etc, but I know around 10pm I'll be wanting to go to bed unless I go hard with the booze lol

    Very much prefer a daytime thing, happy to have a few bevvies over lunch or early afternoon then early bed or just going out for dinner (too tired for movies these days)

    I'll let you know how the night goes and whether it was better if I just skipped it and stayed at home lol

    Eta: dh is not an early bird either, whines a lot and struggles to nap hence why I always get up with the kids
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    I do like going out, with DH and having a "sensible date" like old fuddy duddys. Leaving the kids in capable hands and getting home in time to get a good night's sleep.

    I have come to a place where I don't like going out if it's with a drinking crowd because I'd rather be getting home early, both for myself and my kids. If we do happen to have a later night, like FL posted, we take turns child minding; generally he lets me sleep in then we'll swap over a bit later in the day so he can lie around watch crappy tv.

    I prefer most of all to socialise over a long, late lunch/bbq where I can have a drink or two with the kids present, have a chat and still get home around their bedtime.

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    I do really enjoy nights out, BUT my idea of a fun night out is dinner out, possibly a movie too if I'm feeling wild , dinner at a friends house, maybe a late night stroll, drinks meaning coffee and cake at a dessert bar. Preferrably home by midnight at the latest, more likely 11pm. I am not in the slightest bit interested in drinking and dancing and hangovers and being up until 2 or 3 am, and I am usually either pregnant or breastfeeding, so don't drink anyway, and it's boring being the only one not drinking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    I do like going out, with DH and having a "sensible date" like old fuddy duddys. Leaving the kids in capable hands and getting home in time to get a good night's sleep.

    I have come to a place where I don't like going out if it's with a drinking crowd because I'd rather be getting home early, both for myself and my kids. If we do happen to have a later night, like FL posted, we take turns child minding; generally he lets me sleep in then we'll swap over a bit later in the day so he can lie around watch crappy tv.

    I prefer most of all to socialise over a long, late lunch/bbq where I can have a drink or two with the kids present, have a chat and still get home around their bedtime.
    I could have written this word for word, except the last part isn't so much possible with DS needing to nap from 12:30-3.

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    The only drinking "out" that I actually enjoy is wine tasting in a vineyard

    We had a great date night tonight. Kids at home with nanny and we went to dinner & movie. Even got a bit nostalgic and went to time zone before the movie! Then bought ice cream on the way home. Got back before 11pm. Perfect night out for us haha

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    I like dinner and movie kind of nights out. Zero appeal for me to go out drinking as I still have to be up the next day. When I went to Melb friends we hung out in our hotel room, watched movies and got room service 👌🏻👌🏻

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    Think I'll stick to dinner and a couple of wines for my next night out yesterday was hell on earth 😂


 

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