Here's the scene which I witnessed.
Two mothers enter the coffee shop accompanied by their children. One has three children, the other has two. They take a table. The children are all aged between around 7 and 11 years old. The children do not speak.
The mothers ask the youngsters what they would like and then order for everyone. The children, having stated their food requirements, revert to silence. The mothers are able to chat happily together, without interruption, about the sort of things that two mid 30 year-old women talk about until after 10 minutes or so, their food arrives. Does this sound like your family so far?
I have omitted one important detail. Before I reveal it, can you guess what it is that allows the mothers to converse in such tranquility? Are the children simply well-behaved? Am I describing an event from the past?
Neither of the above.
The fact which I omitted is that having sat down at the table, each mother delved into her handbag and produced a Nintendo DS for each of their combined five offspring which then kept their respective attention until the need to consume their food intervened.
What an incredible sign of the times don't you think?