Poker and Babysitting?
August 23, 2005 9:57 AM Subscribe
BabySitterFilter: My wife and I are currently arguing about whether its safe and/or appropriate to have some friends over playing cards while babysitting an active 13 month kid.
posted by fenriq to Human Relations (37 answers total)
The deal was that my wife was going out on Saturday and I was going to stay home with the kid and babysit him. A friend suggested playing some poker at my house so we could hang out, my boy could be safe and everyone would be happy.
But my wife swears up and down that there's no way he could be safe with six guys playing cards in the house even though this has already happened and not only was the boy fine, he had a great time playing with everyone and may have even learned some poker tricks.
We've spoken to friends and the inclination is towards that this was fine and that she's overreacting but she's asked other people and they've said that it was inappropriate. So I'm coming to the Great AskMeFi for answers.
I don't think I'm crazy in saying that this is not a big deal at all. My son was in the living room and kitchen with us the whole time or on my lap or a pal's lap. He got his snack and his dinner and got to bed on time.
So, the question is, after all of that: Would you be upset with your SO if they had friends over to play cards during a night when they are taking care of the baby knowing that all the people coming over know about the boy and are totally fine with sitting out hands as needed and helping out in keeping an eye on him?