Editor's Blog

Honey, I shut out the kids
My one-year-old daughter loves going to restaurants. Her main interests are eating, being messy and making new friends, so a restaurant is pretty much her idea of heaven, as it’s an opportunity to do all three at the same time.

So when I got an invitation to check out a new restaurant 10 minutes down the road from our house, my first thought was “Oh, she’ll love that”. A few emails later the PR was on the verge of booking us in, until I mentioned we’d be bringing a tiny person – at which point everything changed.

“We don’t actually have space for prams as the restaurant is tiny and there’s no cloak room. We also don’t have any high chairs either - so I’m not sure if that works - so sorry!”, came the reply. “Are there any dates you could come minus the baby?”

Minus the baby? The baby was the entire reason I wanted to come in the first place, of course I’m not coming minus the baby! Plus, why don’t you want my daughter in your restaurant? She’s brilliant value in a restaurant, it’ll be super fun! The other diners will love it! I wrote a particularly snotty reply along these lines, before thinking better of it, deleting it and settling for a much politer email saying I wouldn’t be able to make it.

However, the whole episode did get me thinking about children and the events industry. How much of an issue are kids for event planners – on both sides of the industry? By which I mean planners with children – and delegates with children.

How tough is it juggling childcare with the demands of being onsite at a major event? And what happens when delegates want to bring the little ones along to the meeting? I bet there are some amazing – and terrifying – stories out there. If you’ve got anything you’d like to share, please do get in touch on editorial@cat-publications.com.

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