Hypothetical situation: You throw an annual holiday party for your colleagues, who range in age from 23 to near on retiring. This is the only social event that you host/attend in a given year (no, not even having friends over for dinner or movies). You have two children whose ages range from 3 to 10 during the years that you do this.
ETA: It is generally polite to ask one way or another, when you're not the one hosting. In this poll I'm not talking about failing to ask or making blind assumptions, I'm asking, "What's the general cultural assumption/norm in your world?" At one point in the poll I made a comment about asking first; what I meant there was really something like, "It varies so much that I have to ask every time or I wouldn't know," or something along those lines, not "I ask to be polite." Just FYI.
How do you deal with your children during the party?
If not one of the above, how do you deal with it?
Do you expect the same basic convention when you go to a party someone else is hosting?
Other parties-and-children expectations:
If you have kids, do you expect to bring them with you to most parties? Do you expect other people to bring their kids to most parties you go to?
Yet more other parties-and-children expectations:
Do these expectations change significantly in your mind based on whether the party/gathering is "formal" or "informal"? (For these purposes, assume "formal" means "the most formal thing I ever bother to go to/host"...if you don't ever go to White Tie dinners, then don't answer as to what you would expect there. This is about what you generally do/assume/experience.)
What else about formality?
I'm sure I forgot some important bits. Feel free to tell me in comments.