Think how bored you may find yourself at certain social events and functions; now multiply this infinitely many times and think how your child will feel.
Boredom tends to make children of all ages misbehave but a babysitter is not always a practical alternative and it is also good for your children to attend adult social events occasionally.
So what is the answer? Simply put: distraction!
You will find you are able to enjoy a meal out with other adults if your teenager has a Gameboy, your child has her Barbies or your toddler has a colouring book.
Favourite toys, books, games or even a portable DVD player should entertain your child for enough time to allow you to at least make an appearance and for those around to comment on how darling your children are before making a swift exit!