I saw on the news last night that a local movie theater is offering "Cry Baby Matinee." Babies are admitted free. The selling point is that the parents don't have to leave the theater if their baby starts crying, so they won't miss any of the movie.
OK, I'm childless/childfree, so I may be way off base here, but does this sound like a good idea to any parents out there? I'm thinking NO ONE is going to hear the movie over the bedlam of baby crying. If your well behaved infant is prone to napping when the lights go dim, will s/he stay asleep when the crying starts? Or will s/he wake up and join in. I've seen this happen before: One baby is fine; the other baby starts crying; The first baby joins in. Nothing happened to the first baby other than s/he heard another baby crying and that was scary enough.
I thought a night out to the movies, leaving baby at home with trusted parents or sitter, was one of the rare joys of parenthood. A night of quiet, adult entertainment. I used to babysit a lot as a teenager and I enjoyed being "Mommy's Break." One wonderful father/husband hired me for the summer as a 10th anniversary gift to his wife. She was home (or sunning herself by the pool) while I was there every morning for 4 hours, but she didn't have to do anything. I cleaned up after breakfast, did laundry, cleaned house, watched their two young daughters, made their lunch, then I was off for the rest of the day.
A well rested, relaxed mother/parent is better for baby than a stressed-out, overtired mother/parent. That doesn't mean the mother/parent never bonded with their child. The bond can be enhanced by a brief break. Absence does make the heart grow fonder