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Your Kid Or The Bar - Please Make Plans

Updated on December 15, 2011

Happy Hour

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.

Family Outings

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.


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    • weestro profile image

      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Yikes, and we wonder what's wrong with "kids these days" Thanks Jeannie!

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Wow, this is disturbing, yet true. I've also heard a story of a woman who took her child to an "adult toy" party because she couldn't find a sitter. That is also not a wise decision. Interesting hub and voted up!

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      I've seen children in bars before. Babies that have been there all day and you can tell they need a diaper change and they are exhausted. Doesn't seem to matter to the parents.

      Nothing wrong with having fun but not with the kids.

      Good hub.

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      Terishere 6 years ago

      Good hub Weestro. I don't go out anymore, but I did a few times, when my son was little and I would have never think of taking him! It's not an environment for children.

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I agree Zabbella, always thought it was funny Chuck-E-Cheese served beer...maybe the parents needed it after all the screaming!!!

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      Zabbella 6 years ago from NJ-USA

      You have a good point. The part that bothers me is that at a bar, folks want to get away from reality of home..they want to unwind...not have a kid running around or singing etc. And yes there is the drinking and driving element, irresponsible people.

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      Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from Iowa

      Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear!

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Haha good one stclair, it's crazy what you see at bars! The worst one I've seen was a woman with two kids drinking box wine at a bowling alley bar...classy!! Thanks for commenting!!

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      Stclairjack 6 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

      its realy funny,.... this summer i saw a woman in our local pool hall,.... with all three of her children,... hanging off of her like they were the latest bling bling,...

      paint the picture further,... she was striking the best pose she could manage from the tall chair she was slinky leaning against,.... i'm serious,.... STIKING A POSE,.... like the catwalk song should been playing on the jukebox in the back ground,... she was indeed too sexy for her shirt,... and it hurt

      thanks for this,... it was fantastic

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I agree, although this hub is meant to be funny, it's most important to have plans to get home from the bar!!!

      Thanks for the vote miccimom!!!

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      miccimom 6 years ago from U.S.A

      Interesting hub! Well If I go out to a bar, which I seldom have time for anymore these days, I would leave kids at home and get a babysitter. Honestly, why take the chance of having a drink or two, getting into a car, and taking the chance of getting pulled over by a cop or God forbid get into an accident. Its hard to be the designated driver at a bar, the tempations are there. Hey there's peer pressure even in the adult world! I say choose the babysitter and save a life. Voted up!