Being #9 out of 13 kids, my family holiday dinners were HUGE. The first time I was ever seated at "The kid's Table" I was 27 years old, married, and it was our first (and last) Thanksgiving at Hubby's Grandmother's house. I do ADORE his Grandmother, she is a wonderful woman, but the seating arrangement was done by her 4 adult children, not her. BTW.. ALL of the adult grandchildren were at the "kiddie table", not just Hubby and me. The only reason there have not been more family dinners, is that as an Air Force family we don't live close to any relatives.
Sounds like what my aunt tried to do when we were visiting for my grandmother's funeral. Here's some background. My aunt has 12 children. No lie. 2 of which are girls.
After they learn to walk and talk she wants nothing to do with them. Because uncle works so hard to afford 12 children he's rarely home. They run wild. Along CRIVINS! not believing in parenting she also doesn't believe in cleaning. They have multiple pets that shed and "let loose" all over the house. Never cleaned up.
Okay, now that you have the background, here's the story. My family of parents, three siblings, and one BIL 29(married to oldest sister,21) all were visiting my aunt and uncle for dinner a few days before the wake and funeral. After dinner, aunt tells my parents that all the "adults" as she referred to them were going to be going out to dinner to discuss arrangements and such, and that my sister and BIL were going to stay here with my siblings and her children and babysit for her.
Well, after dinner was over and clean up had begun my brother and second oldest sister and I took my mother aside and told her that if they left us at the house while they went out to dinner we were gonna walk back to the hotel room and sit outside and wait for them.
Now, I know what you are gonna say. How could we make demands when we weren't the adults and we should be able to talk to our parents that way. Normally, we wouldn't, but we had only been at my aunt and uncles for a few hours and all of us were physically sick from it.
We all have an allergy to dust that affects out breathing abilities due to being prone to asthma. Those of us with asthma had already pulled out the inhalers so as not to suffocate, and we all were sick with migraines, which we are also all prone to due to both parents having a history.
So, basically what I'm saying is that it was self-preservation. I love my parents. They kindly told my aunt that we would all be staying at the hotel room while they went out. My parents left money and we ordered pizza and hung out.
Just as a side note. It's not as if all the children were too young to be left alone. The age range was 3-20 years old.