You know you’re a parent in Spain when…

…when as you are going to bed exhausted at 10.30 pm on a Saturday night, you glance out of the window and see that guests are just arriving at the party in the student flat opposite…

… when you get up to coax baby back to sleep at 5.30 am, and the last of the guests at the party opposite are just leaving…

…when you finally start your day at 7am and the hosts in the flat opposite are just going to bed!

Then again, when I lived in London we used to extinguish our house parties at 7 am too, the only difference being that ours started 2 hours earlier at 8.30 pm, proving perhaps, that the Brits party harder than the Spanish 😉

7 Replies to “You know you’re a parent in Spain when…”

  1. You have to wonder if this timetable didn’t originate in order to maximize available party time out while parents are sleeping. As long as Spanish kids live at home in comparison with U.S. or Brits for example, the 12 am to 8 am window is pretty much designed to match one’s parents’ sleeping schedule. Likewise the siesta and popular evening hours to tomar algo in summer coincides with the weather / heat. So I think in many ways these are both born out of circumstance.

  2. When you go to Zara and the shop assistants don’t say Hi to you, but, then, they see your toddler and say “Qué mono” and want to know his nameand age and whether he likes going shopping with his mum 🙂

  3. We’re not parents here, but can’t quite get used to social activities in our village not starting until midnight! I’m afraid we don’t go to many!

  4. There does seem to be a dearth of those in their forties at Spanish parties. Up to mid thirties – and then a big jump up to late fifties. Never mind, think of all those PTA meetings,nativity plays, sports days, speech days, graduations you can enjoy while us pre or post children people have to meet the same people at the same parties over and over again. Don’t worry, Ben. There is life after children.

  5. I agree with your post…Something strange for us is that the kids school activites nights start so late and and keep the kids out so late…Many of my friends with younger kids comment that they can’t even attend, because it’s time for their kids to go to bed. On a more amusing note, our neighbor just got a rooster, and we were wondering if the crowing is a signal to people that it’s time to go home!

  6. We start our parties later becaouse our dinners last longer, and a lot of times we’re dinning with the same people we’ll party later, so… when do the real party begins? ¿With the last meal of the day or with the first drink in the night?

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