The Hubs and I have a "code" for when it's time to leave somewhere when we have the kids with us. Our "code" is "the window is closed". In other words, we have a window of opportunity to hang out in public with people while we have the kids with us.
The length this "window" is open depends on various different factors. For instance if we have gone out to eat and the restaurant is kid friendly, the kids have had decent naps and we have some little toys with us to help distract the kids the window will stay open much longer than if the kids haven't slept well, it takes 45 mins. to get seated at the restaurant, we have nothing to distract them etc.
Once the window is closed, it's closed. Gone, nothing you can do will re open it until the children have been removed to a different situation. It's just the way it is. Thankfully the older the kids get the longer our window will stay open.
Have a great day!
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