I don't understand why some people who want to go out prefer to stay home rather than take their kids places (not counting people with no vehicle who have to use public transportation, I can see how that would limit you). I certainly go out more with my kids than I did when I was single. I see things through their eyes. I want them to have experiences, and I enjoy their fun. I am a person who HATES crowds, but for my kids I go outside my comfort zone and take them fun places even if they are crowded. And, I have never regretted doing those things. I have had people tell me that they wouldn't go because they can't handle their kids in public. I know a single mother with a 7 year old and a 5 year old who can't EVER take care of the two kids by herself. She has never tried to do it. It baffles me. I take care of my 3 by myself all the time and I see no reason why taking care of my 4 (come April 2012) would be beyond me. My kids are fun, they make me happy, they make me have more fun, they make me laugh, and the make me feel loved.