Monday, January 07, 2008

Am I A Bad Parent...

So, my buddy Adam who is single, starts this conversation today at lunch... He asks whether or not I would take my children to Tiffany's at 6 PM on a Friday. I say sure, why not, and he says that it is a bar, and that it isn't a place for children. We spent the entire lunch hour discussing this, and I determined that I am ok taking my kids to the Bar Restaurant Combo scene prior to let's say 9 PM, but after that I would probably avoid it. I would not however, take them to a Bar only scene. He thinks I am in the wrong, because I am exposing my children to the "bar scene". I think he just doesn't like the waitress slapping him for swearing, because kids are around... I am curious your thoughts on this, so am I a bad parent for even considering to take my children to a Restaurant/Bar on a Friday evening?

BTW - during the research for this I looked up Tiffany's website, and I cruised through the pictures carefully... I don't have a choice, because if there is a picture of me on their website Dawn will find it, so I figured I was better off exposing it myself. Luckily, there were no pictures of me, however, I did find the following...

- A picture of Diana on her 21st Birthday - I was there earlier that night, and actually got ridiculed by Dawn a week later when we were at another party and one of Diana's aunts recognized me from Tiffany's.
- I am disappointed that Todd and Adam don't have their pictures on Tiff's website, because I know they both have spent plenty of money there, so I am looking for them to correct that :)

If you don't know me that well you might wonder how I go from Talking about Internet Safety for Children to discussing my excursions at the local hang-out... I am just the person who usually has a few beers on hand in the fridge in case I get thirsty, or someone comes over, and likes to go out with co-workers on Fridays after work to wind down a couple times a month. Dawn and I have a very open relationship, and I respect it when she tells me it has been too frequent, because she is usually right. In all reality though... I don't really need to explain, because this blog is all about me, and this is who I am :)

11 comments:

Lance said...

I am in complete agreement with you on this. I too would take my child to an establishment like this prior to the 9 PM timeframe. There is a large distinction between a bar and an establishment like Tiffany's. Tiffany's is a restaurant first and bar second, before 9 PM 'ish. This is exhibited by waitress's slapping customers who behave inappropriately, of course not in their own minds, but maybe in the minds of others. There is also a clear dividing line between the "bar area" and the eating area and there is a non-smoking area; what bar has a non-smoking area? That being said, I also am aware that there may be a slight risk that my child may have a greater chance of hearing or seeing something inappropriate in this environment. I'm ok with this too, they have to learn right and wrong sometime. This normally isn't the case, as people usually respect the fact that children are around and behave in a manner that is appropriate.

Mom2Max&Alex said...

Hehe, your post today made me giggle. There was a restaurant/bar I frequented alot in VA. When Max was 3 weeks old it became tradition to meet my best friend there every Friday night. Of course he came with me. She and I would eat dinner and then drink coffee until the band/DJ started at 9 and then I left. It went on for over a year. Guess I'm a bad parent if you are. I saw nothing wrong with it!!

Debbie said...

You take them to The Rockit right?!?! Same thing. Bar + eating establishment...

I agree ... during dinner hours it is fine!

Dawn said...

Oh Debbie you just love the Rocket! If the Rocket had a website your picture would be on it! ;) The "Chair Breaker's" pic would be on it too!

Mom2Max&Alex said...

Hehe about the Rocket! I have tons of pictures, from both trips if they want to add them to their walls!

Dawn said...

Angie - Your pic on your comments was taken at the Rocket. ;)

Debbie said...

Well of course I love the Rockit! The question is does the Rockit love me?!?! LOL. You've never taken us to Tiffany's though so I can't compare ;)

Dawn said...

I've never even been to Tiffany's!!!! But I've officially been invited to next Friday afternoon's Tiffany's excursion. How about that? I'm in!

Joe said...

Deb - Next time you visit we can go to Tiffany's for dinner, and then we can go to the Rocket... Of course we all know what happens when you get to the Rocket :P

Debbie said...

Oh come on Joe - I only get dinner at Tiffany's?!?!? I want to stay and drink so that I can embarass you amongst the people you know, mwhahahahahhahahah.

What happens at The Rockit stays at The Rockit ;)

Jessica said...

Been meaning to comment on this for a while now. Just wanted to share a 'funny' with you about something similiar.
Adam & I got a gift card to bar & grill. Thinking, it would be more 'grill' like. I happened to look at the expiration date and noticed it was that day. So, we loaded up the boys and went. When we walked in, we got some very interesting looks. But, we sat down and requested a menu. We made it through the meal. But, I felt awkward the entire time. Our boys were the only kids there.
Anyway, moral of my rambling is- I don't think you're a bad dad for taking the boys to Tiff's. Thanks for the laugh Joe :)