Monday, December 04, 2006

Day 287 - Are Kids Welcome Here?

Today's first time parenting tip - Don't be afraid to ask if you can bring your infant to an event

With wedding season getting ready to kick into full gear this spring and summer, you may be wondering whether or not it’s kosher to bring your little one along with you to events. How do you know if it's OK or not?

This isn't just restricted to weddings. My wife and I want to go to a friend's opening for her art show, but we aren't exactly sure if it's appropriate for children to be at those types of things.

As a parent, you have both sides of the story to consider. On one hand, you have your family, and you want to do lots of things together. And getting a sitter and arranging for a night out can be a hassle.

But you also need to understand that if you are going to someone else's event, it may not be appropriate to bring a small child. You wouldn't bring your infant to a bar, would you? I've been to more than one wedding where a talking/crying child seemed to pick the vows to pipe up.

Some people are perfectly fine with this and will be able to laugh at the moment. Some people want their day to go off without a hitch, and frankly, kids don't always stick to the plan.

A lot of times, it will say right on the invite whether or not children are welcome. If not, don't be embarrassed or think it's rude to ask if you can bring your kids. Make sure the person on the other end knows it’s OK for them to say no. And if you still feel weird about asking, try someone who is close to the host and can speak for them. They should be able to give you a good barometer for the host.

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