You know when you receive a wedding invitation in a stunning gift box and in very fine print at the bottom of the gorgeously elaborate card it informs the guests that under NO circumstances are they to bring along their offspring? That’s right – “No Kids Allowed!”
I know that for some, these terms and conditions of attending a wedding can be a deal breaker, especially if you don’t have anyone that you can leave your little ones with at the time. However, for me, I do a happy dance!
Sure, I love my children and like most mothers, I claim that they would all be on their best behaviour if they got to attend. But what if they weren’t? What if for some odd reason they were not the little darlings I claim them to be on the day?!
Kids Can Spoil It For Everyone
It’s sort of like when you pay to go to a restaurant or any other establishment just to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself….and then someone’s child decides at that very moment to lose their little mind and take each paying guest along for the ride.
I always question the fairness of this deal. It seems like there can be absolutely no winners in the situation at all. On one hand, you have paying adults who are attending a venue to enjoy themselves, relax and have a good time without causing any disruption to other patrons. Then on the other hand you have paying adults who have chosen to bring their kids, who also want to have a good time but are powerless when it comes to their children bringing the house down. It’s a raw deal for all involved really.
Memorable For All The Wrong Reasons
Similarly, when you attend a wedding, even if a child doesn’t cause a distraction during the speeches, they could very well create a drama for other guests and completely ruin their experience. And instead of the wedding being memorable for all the right reasons, it’s instead remembered for the way someone’s little rugrat shot cake through their straw at wedding guests as though they were a little sniper.
No Kids Allowed In Maternity Wards
You can only imagine my excitement when I read the words: “Unfortunately, no kids allowed in the hospital”. Sure, a maternity ward is not even close to any wedding venue. But you know what? After giving birth, I love the thought of bonding with my baby, getting them to sleep – without anyone’s kids visiting their new baby brother or sister and waking my freshly popped baby who I just managed to settle to sleep.
For goodness sake, birth is an absolutely mind, body and soul blowing experience of which all new mother’s deserve a rest from. Can you just imagine the frustration of just having given birth, settled your newborn, only to have someone else’s kids screaming and waking all the babies in the ward?
It doesn’t sound very pleasant does it? In fact, after my first baby, I made the decision never to have a sibling visit their newborn brother or sister – and I stuck to it! I mean I can’t guarantee that my kids aren’t going to squeal loudly at the sight of their new baby in the hospital. I know for certain they do when we bring the baby home which means that they most probably would squeal loudly in any setting that they get to see the baby in. It’s only natural.
But…I’ll Miss Them…
Even though I can relate and understand their excitement, I must admit that the introduction of this new ‘No Kids Allowed’ rule at hospital excites me even more! The thought of a peaceful maternity ward where the only other sounds are other newborn cries is appealing to me… or maybe it just makes me feel better knowing that I won’t hear your little ones and start to miss all of mine like crazy… Yes, the way the thought makes me sigh I know that’s precisely what it is. I don’t want to miss my tribe even more than I already would be.
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