Your Kid Or The Bar - Please Make Plans
You’re at the bar with some friends having a few drinks. It’s been a long week and you’re ready to start the weekend. You’re telling jokes, making plans, and starting to unwind. Life is good, you take a look around. Wait, was that a kid? That was a kid! I don’t mean kid as in a 21 year old, that’s a kid, just out of diapers, at the bar!
You look around again, trying to make sense of the situation. You follow the path of the kid with your eyes. Barefoot, running wild, no doubt hopped up on soda, he returns to the source. Wow. There’s Mom and Dad, sitting at the booth enjoying a pitcher of beer. Happy hour comes and goes and Mom and Dad are staying put. How people raise their kids is up to them, but this has really put a damper on the night.
This is not to say going out to dinner with the family and enjoying a beer is a horrible offense. Going to a sports bar and enjoying drinks while Junior runs wild is quite different. I don’t have kids so maybe I shouldn't judge, but something doesn't seem quite right about drinking a beer with one hand and opening a snack pack with the other.
So parents of children can't go out, have a beer, and blow off some steam like everyone else? Sure they can, I just think if parents want to have a night out together they may need to make some arrangements first.
The right way to go about this would be the obvious answer, a babysitter. You want to go out and enjoy yourselves like adults, start by planning like adults. Maybe call Grandma, she may want to see the little ones anyway. If not, shell out a few bucks and get a babysitter.
There is another way which is not as widely accepted. I knew a couple who used to do a shift change. They happened to live within walking distance of a popular nightspot. One would go to the bar for say, an hour, come home and the other would head out for an hour. This would go on for a few "shifts". The shift change is a highly controversial method and is probably not a viable option for most (not to mention ridiculous).
The Least accepted, and illegal method would be the car. Don't do this, although this hub is meant to be humorous you can always find stories about parents who go out and get sloshed while their kid is in the car. To delve deeper into this would render my advice not so humorous so let's move on.
I don't go to bars as much as I used to, but if I do, I would like to sit down and have a drink without having to play an impromptu game of duck duck goose. So the next time you want to go out, plan ahead. I'm sure it will make for a much enjoyable experience for everyone involved.