Children are an extension of their parents, right? If this is truly the case then why do I get so much slack for taking Maxwell with me wherever I go? He is my child and my sole responsibility. So why should I want to farm my obligation out to someone else?
Now, I understand some places are inappropriate for babies. I do not take him to the club or bar with me, but I do not see the harm bringing him along to a casual dinner or a mall outing.
One of the things Max’s father and I agreed upon early on was that our child would be social. We refused to stay cooped up in the house just because we had a baby, and we also refused to always pawn our child off to someone else. Maxwell has been hitting the streets with us ever since he was six weeks old. Fast forward two and a half years later and we are constantly being praised for how well behaved our child is. Our goal as parents has always been to be 100% present. I'm sure if my parents were local they would be more than willing to take Max whenever we would ask, but we prefer to have him with us. It's bad enough wr have to spend almost half of the day away from him because of work and commuting. Any free second we have should be with him. Hopefully our friends will understand, and if not..