Jane Pratt, Worst Mom In The World: Should I Bring My 10-Year-Old To A Sex Shop?

Anyone else thinking about bringing their daughter to our Babeland meetup tonight? Anyone?
Publish date:
June 26, 2013


I am hyper right now from a big cup of iced decaf coffee that Mandy brought me from Starbucks (and a fun-times editors' meeting) and I can't believe you can be this hyper from decaf but Olivia, who is sitting here in my office with me, is saying that you can and is agreeing that I am acting SO HYPER, so apologies in advance for the even-more-rambling-than-usual tone of this, but I do have a question I could use your help with, so please bear with me:

We are having an xoJane meet-up tonight (woohoo! come by if you are in the NYC area -- it's from 7 to 9 pm at the Babeland at 43 Mercer St and we will all be there). I am wondering whether you think it is a good or bad idea to bring Charlotte. Here are some potential pros and cons (I will let you decide which are which, 'cause I don't know):

More time with my 10-year-old (which I get a lot of, but STILL)

She already knows about sex toys (having seen them on Emily's desk a bunch of times and having asked me about them that time we wandered into the back closeted room of the party store by accident and I seized the opportunity for a teaching moment with her)

Will be alcohol and drunk people there

Emily will be using some toys there to demonstrate which are her favorites and why

There will be some sex confessionals thing going on, but I think that's in a booth

Let me know what you think and, either way, come by and either meet Charlotte or just meet me (and Olivia and Madeline and Emily and Mandy and Corynne and Annie and Marci and our awesome interns and, most of all, each other!).

ETA: I forgot to make the additional point that I have to leave after 20 minutes to relieve my sitter if I don't bring Charlotte with me.