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How Buenos aires children go to bed late


In Buenos Aires, the social lives of adults and children blend rather fluidly. Despite the fact that most middle-to-upper-class parents have the kind of access to babysitters that many Westerners can only dream of (child care is much cheaper), they don't hesitate to ditch the nanny and bring the kids along, especially if it's a family event. Most Argentines - even single and childless folks - don't seem to think of little ones as a drag in many group settings. On the contrary, they believe children add a certain lightness, humour, and even hope...

Sure, there are limits. On school nights, a lot of kids stick to a routine, though it tends to skew later than many Westerners could ever accept. Kids don't go to late-night bars or dance clubs, and they usually don't attend speeches or formal events. But it's not uncommon to see a child tagging along with his parents at a rowdy soccer game or a big nighttime show. My friend tells me they saw fiveyear-old children weeping with joy alongside their parents at the first Rolling Stones concert ever in Buenos Aires in 1995. Some parents even bring their babies to the movies, cradling them with one hand while they reach for popcorn with the other.

Most at-home events - birthday parties, barbecues, and so on - welcome kids;it's rare to get a no-children-allowed request...

That is not to say all Argentine parents keep their kids out late;some subscribe to an earlier routine. Still, most families I've met think spending quality time with relatives and friends is more important than getting their kid to bed at the same time, in the same place every night.

Reader's opinion (1)

Shreyas KulkarniApr 13th, 2013 at 18:49 PM

A relaxed and light atmosphere is what we all need today.

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