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Old 01-02-2019, 10:52 PM
 
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Are these things mutually exclusive? Can you still be a good parent and husband/wife while finding time to go out and party?
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Of course they do during weekends, holidays, and whenever the breadwinner(s) have leave. Even in the old days, it happened in the form of dinner dances, a night at the movies (and vaudeville before that), and the like. Typically, the kids would visit grandpa/grandma while mom/dad head out. Yes, as a kid, it seemed like a week was forever for mom and/or dad to be away, whether it was a business trip, vacation, or assignment, but other relatives were always nice to see, and that would lead to spending nights with them and doing unique things with them. That's why before you pop the question, know your potential in-laws so that they can be courteous when you want to get out of the daily grind once you've got the kids. It's also another reason why to sign your children up for camp so that they're occupied while your away. Of course, with lots of home technology, its easier than ever for kids to be glued to their tablets and smartphones, and that's saying that the current generation raising families (late Gen Xers and all but the youngest Millennials) also got raised with plenty of tech, such as TV, VCR tapes, and video games. Its up to the couple how they want to spend their free time after all, whether they're just content at home or having numerous night outs. After all going out on a date doesn't end with the nuptials.
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Are these things mutually exclusive? Can you still be a good parent and husband/wife while finding time to go out and party?
Within reason, I think it is totally possible. You need to either have help close by (grandparents, aunts/uncles, close friends, etc) or be ready to pay for overnight babysitting, which can get expensive.

This is all assuming you are talking about a parent couple going out to party together. If this is regarding single and separated parents (i.e., the other parent is an equally responsible parent) then it becomes more complicated in some ways but probably easier overall since there will be more inherent days off.

Again, I stress within reason cause regardless of your parental responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, you still don't want to be partying to the point of endangering yourself. Priorities definitely change for most people once they become a parent and risk tolerance is greatly reduced.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Debatable
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Not to throw stones in a glass house, but how old are you? I severely doubt you will want to be partying in a decade's time. I have heard it from many entering their fourth decade of life. Their fire for frequent partying dies down to embers.
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