There’s no denying it kids change your life from the moment that double line shows up on a pregnancy test. Instead of that enjoyable hedonistic lifestyle, you’re suddenly forced to reign it in.
All those things you once enjoyed become things of the past… or do they?
Life might change, but actually many of the things you once enjoyed you can still continue to enjoy with your children in tow. You’ve just got to look in the right places.
Are you one of the below individuals?
Perhaps you’re a number of them.
If you’ve lost your way, hopefully I’ll be able to give you a little push in the right direction to reclaim your lifestyle where the little critters are (usually) just as welcome.
1. The all-night clubber
Think you’re clubbing days have ended? Well that doesn’t have to be the case. Big Fish Little Fish hold day time raves for all the family. So you may need to change the hours you’re used to raving, but the rave itself doesn’t have to end. You’ll get top DJ’s playing club classics and a licensed bar (stumbling out at 4pm is the new 4am…), and of course your kids will love the activity stations set up for them as well as busting a groove with mum or dad.
2. The film lover
Are your friends going on about the latest blockbuster but your stuck at home with the baby? Have you checked out your local cinema to see if they offer baby screenings? Odeon, Showcase Cinemas, Cineworld, Empire and Vue are some of the big cinema names that all have these showings. Usually the volume is turned down a little on the screening and the lights are left on (but dimmed). No excuses now!
3. The car enthusiast
Ok, so you’re not going to get your kids into a 2 seater sports car. But that doesn’t mean your car style has to go out of the window (although I won’t lie… it’s easier to just go with it for a few years). Most of the great German branded cars have stylish looking options. Or a Range Rover will see you accepted into the cool Chelsea mama tractor crew if that’s more your thing. Of course if you have spare cash to burn why not drive up in an Aston Martin (I can but dream). I’m not that big on cars, so I’m probably the wrong person to ask, but what I do know is that there is a family friendly car out there to suit your needs- you don’t have to resort to a family wagon if you don’t want to.
4. The slope seeker
Going somewhere hot on holiday doesn’t seem to trouble parents as much as the idea of an active winter holiday. Skiing and snowboarding are sports usually resigned for ‘when the kids get older.’ But that doesn’t have to be the case at all. Mark Warner provide family ski holidays with all the bells and whistles. They take the hassle out of the journey by offering direct flights and transfers. And with childcare available from 4 months to 12 years, you’ll be able to whizz down those black slopes without worry. There are even lessons that children from as young as 4 can take to build up their skiing confidence. And while you enjoy your complimentary three course dinner with wine in the evenings you may want to take advantage of the evening childcare. How much of the childcare you want to use is of course entirely up to you.
If cold isn’t your thing, Mark Warner also do sun seeker holidays as well- including their new beach resort in Turkey.
5. The fancy foodie
It can be tough for the foodie out there to combine their passion of eating top notch cuisine with young children in tow. The disapproving looks, the after meal floor sweep up with a napkin to clear the mess… I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Nibble + Squeak host spectacular meals at top London restaurants for like minded parents. And children are most welcome.
6. The city dweller
Many people leave the city when they have children because houses outside of the city tend to offer more rooms and space for money. State schooling tends to be better and it’s generally more child friendly. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up living in a city if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle. Having a baby doesn’t mean you have to move immediately either, if anything a baby should be able to slip right on into your city living lives with ease until the day where you really do require more space (be it an extra bedroom or a garden). It’s recommend that babies stay in the parents room in a cot until the age of one, so that gives you time to see if city living is still something that appeals to you.
7. The friendship circle
Remember those days when you used to go for a meal with your friends and hours later you’d come stumbling in without a care in the world? Well that can still be a possibility. But these days I much prefer the day time dalliance. It means my friends without kids can still enjoy those evenings out that I can’t really participate in, but I don’t have to miss out entirely.
While I love a drink when I’m out, there’s nothing worse then parenting on a hangover, so those all night sessions are just not for me anymore. Instead meeting up for brunch, having a few cocktails and waltzing home before bedtime suits me perfectly. Actually I prefer it full stop. If the occasion is right sometimes the littles can come with me. But I prefer to arrange it on a day that I know I can escape them 😉
8. The pampering parlour
It can be hard to enjoy a pamper session when you have children. It’s not as easy as just heading to the hairdressers for a simple haircut or blow dry. You need to arrange full on childcare. Blo Bar in London have a creche to help with this issue and if you’re worried you can even keep an eye on them through the provided tablets. Another way is to consider a mobile therapist or hairdresser, but ask around your area for advice on who is recommended. If you can’t get to them, bring them to you 😉
9. The festival goer
Certain festivals will be a no go. But many of them are actually really child friendly. Take a look at Latitude, Larmer Tree Festival, Camp Bestival, The Big Festival and Wilderness to get you started. But to be honest check out the ones you’ve loved in the past and see if it has an area for children.. many of them do!
10. The fashionista
Nothing kills your fashion sense like having children. But once the fog has lifted and you’re ready to delve back into the world of fashion you may suddenly realise the struggle of shopping with a baby in tow. I buy everything online these days and get things delivered to my local stores so I just have to walk in and pick them up or I get bulk ASOS deliveries. I love being able to try things on at home and send back things that look god awful on me. Plus I find I’m much more adventurous because I have more confidence trying things on at home and critiquing myself without being under the watchful eye of anybody else.