Kids: Don't Leave Home Without Them
By Barbara Aria
When one of her former college professors recently invited Stacey Greenberg,
34, and her husband to a party - and suggested they bring their two young
children along - Greenberg hesitated. "Her house is filled with
artifacts," says the Memphis mother. "But we brought our kids, and it
was a comedy of errors." Greenberg's 1-year-old kept running up and down
the stairs. Her 3-year-old dropped a folk-art bird. "It broke into a
million pieces," Greenberg recalls. "The whole thing was so stressful,
we just left. I felt like I had failed."
Mishaps like Greenberg's can make you wary of taking kids along on any adult
outings. But these trips can be rewarding for every member of the family, and
actually offer important benefits for your child: Going to grown-up events
makes children feel special, exposes them to new experiences, and teaches them
how to cope and thrive in unfamiliar situations.
First piece of advice: Relax. If you're stressed, your child is likely to
pick up on that and be stressed, too. "We parents worry too much about what
other people think," says Trintje Gnazzo, 34, a Winchester, MA, mother of
two who often takes her toddler and preschooler to grown-up events. "The
less I worry, the more fun we all have." And a little preparation never
hurts. Here's tried-and-true advice from insider experts and real moms on how
to take kids anywhere.