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to not want to go out for a meal on a sunday night with ds?

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chachachachacha Tue 22-Sep-09 19:36:08

It's mil's 65th birthday next sunday. Family want to go out for a meal on the sunday night.

DS has just started school doing full days and is finding it really exhausting. The last thing I want to do is for him to have a late night on a sunday. The restaurant will be atleast half an hour drive away.

AIBU in not wanting to go?

rubyslippers Tue 22-Sep-09 19:38:01

YABU

it is a special occasion

he will sleep on the way there maybe?

diddl Tue 22-Sep-09 19:38:37

I´d be loathe to go out when it´s school the next morning.

Could it be changed to lunch?
Are their other children going?

nickytwotimes Tue 22-Sep-09 19:39:00

Well, 65th is a big one, so I would take him and let him have a morning or day off.

pjmama Tue 22-Sep-09 19:39:26

How late will it be? If it's a teatime thing, then going to bed an hour or two late probably won't do any harm - brush his teeth and put his PJs on before you leave then he can go straight to bed when you get home. If it's been arranged as a proper evening meal, then I wouldn't see that as been appropriate for young children anyway. Could you get a sitter?

chachachachacha Tue 22-Sep-09 19:42:22

Tis tricky - no other children will be there

We wouldn't be home til about 10ish.

MIL will want to see him so sitter wouldn't really be an option. Although I suppose we could look into it.

Can't let him have the morning off as we're working.

diddl Tue 22-Sep-09 19:43:15

Yes, if it´s an evening meal I wouldn´t think about taking a child who has school the next day, I´d be looking for a sitter.

CarGirl Tue 22-Sep-09 19:44:17

No I wouldn't take him, I'd book a sitter.

pjmama Tue 22-Sep-09 19:45:20

If they want to see him, ask them if they can bring it forward to teatime or lunchtime. 10pm for a four year old is a bit unfair, especially if he's the only child. He'll be tired and probably very bored.

BitOfFun Tue 22-Sep-09 19:47:23

Daft to expect a four year old to attend.

diddl Tue 22-Sep-09 19:48:35

Sorry to your MIL, but I´d get a sitter.

Can he see her in the day to say "Happy Birthday".

And if she´s got her family there, seriously, how much time will she have for him?

And at a restaurant in the evening, is there much he can do other than sit at the table?

Might not be enjoyable for him.

sunburntats Tue 22-Sep-09 19:48:50

I wouldnt go.

But then i dont have any one to babysit for me. Its too late on a scool night.

Against the grain, but no, i wouldnt do it.

How about you inviting them to yours for dinner the saterday before? Put on a bit of a buffet with baloons and stuff instead of going?

sunburntats Tue 22-Sep-09 19:49:55

jeex spelling appauling, sorry im SO tired sad

diddl Tue 22-Sep-09 19:51:20

If you can´t get a sitter, yould it be acceptable for just hubby to go?

movingnow Tue 22-Sep-09 19:51:26

YANBU - I definitely wouldn't take a child with school the next day. To be honest can't think of anything worse than going out on a Sunday evening, much rather be at home preparing for the week etc (yes, boring I know).

diddl Tue 22-Sep-09 19:54:11

Well, for me Sunday evening wouldn´t be my fave time to go out either.
Work next day/getting children ready for school.

Rather lunch or early evening.

bigchris Tue 22-Sep-09 19:54:39

if its only half an hour away she can come round to yours , give him a kiss good night and give your dh a lift!!

MiniMarmite Tue 22-Sep-09 19:56:26

If she really wants him there she should have made it a lunch time!

bruces Tue 22-Sep-09 20:02:58

That's far too late for a little one to be up on a school night,my 4yr old goes to bed at7pm and my 9 yr old 8pm, a lunch time meal is a nicer idea even for the adults who probably have to go to work on monday.

mollymawk Tue 22-Sep-09 20:08:03

I wouldn't enjoy taking my 4 yo DS out for a meal until 9.30 pm on any night TBH. Sounds like a nightmare.

curiositykilled Tue 22-Sep-09 20:10:08

Couldn't they make it earlier or on saturday. I wouldn't want to take my DS when he's tired anyway just from being at school.

jazzandh Tue 22-Sep-09 20:59:29

Should be a lunchtime on a Sunday anyway. No-one wants to go out on a Sunday night...

If you HAVE to go - have you an old buggy, that perhaps he can nod off in when he's tired?

chachachachacha Wed 23-Sep-09 07:54:54

Thanks everyone - just wanted to see if I really was bu!

Have proposed moving it to another date but they want it to be on the actual birthday.

brettgirl2 Wed 23-Sep-09 08:21:48

I'd just say you and dh would love to go but too late for ds on a school night. End of. She then has to decide what is most important - dinner in the evening on her birthday or gc there. It's simple, if he's just started school it's not fair on him.

She sounds pretty selfish to me.

diddl Wed 23-Sep-09 08:58:27

I wouldn´t take him.

And if she mentions he could take the day off school-I wonder if she would have done that!!

Is she the one organising it, though?

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