Monday, December 05, 2016
Mommy Mondays: Eat in? Go out!
Inevitably even the best behaved angels find a way to try your patience when you sit down to eat, whether at home or away from home.
So here are my tips for dining out with little eaters.
1) Deep breath. It's never as bad as you think. Chances are no one notices the behavior as much as you do. And there are going to be other parents in the restaurant. Even if their children aren't with them. And although they may not love hearing your children acting up, they understand. Especially if it appears that you're making an effort, not encouraging the behavior.
2) Just like home buying, location, location, location matters. Which is not to say that you can only eat at fast food restaurants, but some places are more child friendly than others. So while we take the boys to an upscale neighborhood restaurant we've been going to for years, the French place down the street is reserved for date nights. Places with outdoor seating, areas designated for kids, or places where the owners feel like family are other great things to look for in a kid-friendly dining establishment.
3) Timing matters. Although chances are, if you're dining with kids you already know that. The fact that my kids are beyond ravenous by 5:30 means that we are often dining in quieter, less crowded restaurants. Breakfast is always more successful than dinner.