Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.
I will always reblog this when it appears in my feed.
I take my son everywhere - he has been to Rotary dinners, soup kitchens, town council meetings, lunch with the mayor, business meetings, committee meetings, and attended most of the meetings when I led a political campaign to over throw a decision council made - I was handed a megaphone and he got up on the back of the pickup truck with me. He has learned how to behave in grown up settings - probably better than most of the grown ups I deal with.
My advice to new parents - take your children with you as much as possible - not to prove you are more than a mom or dad, but to teach your children how to conduct themselves in the big bad world - it will make their lives so much easier when they are thrown out there if they know how to shake hands and sit through boring presentations.
Many parents say ‘Oh but your son is well behaved’ - well he didn’t come out of the package that way! He has been taught what to do, he is prepped before we go into a room, my expectations of him are very clear. A bag of french fries helps too.
I always let people know he is coming, and I explain that he is learning how to be a grown up - no one has ever complained.