Parenting Information

Going Out to a Restaurant with Kids


Dining in a restaurant with kids can be very enervating and embarrasing. Not only that you have to desperately try and keep your wiggling toddler seated and silent, you also have to manage the disapproving looks from other (non-parent) guests.

The root problem here is again boredom. So before you decide to eat out, observe your child's mood. If it's having a bad day and is getting on your nerves already, better cancel the whole thing. It wouldn't be worth it anyway.

Consider an expedition to the jungles of Africa. Would you go with just picking your jacket and car keys? This is something similar, going out with kids requires preparation.

Bringing toys is generally a good idea. Some "family-friendly" restaurants supply toys, but you don't know what they've been through already, so having your own stuff gives you some of a security if you're very concerned with hygiene.

Since the "playground" in a restaurant is rather limited, avoid bringing toys that require mobility, like remote-controlled cars or balls. Coloring books, crayons and paper, story books or dolls / action figures can also be used while seated. But be careful with pencils and especially crayons, they require a certain amount of observation, otherwise you end up with eaten painting equipment and modern art on the white tablecloth.

It can also be a good idea to buy some cheap toys and prepare a "surprise bag". That will keep the child excited - they learn the connection between "restaurant" and "new toys" astonishingly quickly. And you can connect the gift with some blackmailing if you threaten to withhold the bag in case of bad behaviour.

Going to a restaurant should be something special. Making it an event for both you and your child keeps the latter excited and interested. So also don't insist too much when older children show resistance to go out. If they absolutely don't want to, don't force them. That'll spare you some nasty experiences.

If it's not McDonald's where you're going, make sure to have a table reserved. Especially on crowded days it's a good idea to be early so you don't have to wait for your food too long.

In case your child is choosy with food, better bring some of his/her favourite so you can provide at least a snack if the ordered meal is not accepted. Whatever comes, as much as possible make it a joyful experience. A spilled water or some scattered food won't hurt anyone, so take it easy. It's just a kid!

Brigette Meier is an occassional author for http://www.e-nterests.com - visit the site for more interesting articles.

  


MORE RESOURCES:

New York Post

The latest frontier in spoiled parenting
New York Post
On her blog, A Mother Far From Home, Rachel (who describes herself as a “parenting visionary”) offers her thoughts on the importance of spending time with children individually. “Spending time alone with each child will help to fill up their love tanks ...

and more »


The Guardian

My Son and Heir at Edinburgh festival review – skewers competitive parenting
The Guardian
There is much to recognise in a piece that sometimes lacks focus but which neatly highlights and skewers the competitiveness of contemporary parenting, even as it celebrates the quiet, unsung heroism of ordinary people struggling to raise children in ...



Telegraph.co.uk

No school, no rules: would you sign up to the latest parenting trend?
Telegraph.co.uk
Her life changed in late 2013, when a friend told her about the US parenting guru Dayna Martin, one of the foremost proponents of a movement called “radical unschooling” (RU), which argues that children thrive when given total autonomy over their lives.



Daddy Days: The sights and sounds of parenting
Austin American-Statesman
I want to take you on a journey through the sights and sounds of parenting. Not unlike walking through a South American jungle or African savannah, with little effort you can become immersed in the environment. Just like on the African plains, you can ...



The Hindu

The art of parenting
The Hindu
Walk into any bookstore and you will find a section dedicated to childcare and parenting. While one might say that raising children is a natural process, and that books cannot quite define how to relate to the individual personalities of each parent ...



Deseret News

Intuition: The sweet spot between helicopter and free-range parenting
Deseret News
A new type of parenting being introduced as "Intuitive Parenting" advocates for parents becoming more engaged in their kids' lives, but with the children having a hand in their development at their learning level. Could this be the answer for those ...



Medical Xpress

Confidence in parenting could help break cycle of abuse
Medical Xpress
To understand how confidence in parenting may predict parenting behaviors in women who were abused as children, psychologists at the University of Rochester have found that mothers who experienced more types of maltreatment as children are more ...
After abuse, women face doubts they'll be good momsFuturity: Research News
Childhood abuse makes nervous, anxious momsTheHealthSite
Exposure to childhood abuse makes moms less confidentThe Siasat Daily

all 13 news articles »


The Parenting Cliché I Cannot Stand
Huffington Post
Like, it really pissed me off. "Soak it up," along with "Enjoy this time" or "Embrace the moment," have become my most hated pieces of parenting advice. (I hate even more that I have said this cliché to other expecting mommies. Before I became one, of ...



Parenting: Get children 'behind the wheel' to discover passions
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Ask any kid with a driving learner's permit, and they will tell you that it is one thing to study the driver's manual and a whole other thing to actually sit behind the wheel and drive a car. If the goal of education is to prepare our kids for life, it ...



Thoughtful Parenting: Remembering brain development during meltdowns
Steamboat Pilot & Today
Steamboat Springs — Consider the following scene: It's Monday morning. You are helping your child get ready for school, things are rushed, and it's going to be close making it on time to the bus.


Google News

Article List | Index | Site Map
All logos, trademarks and articles on this site are property and copyright of their respective owner(s).
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is Copyright © 2006 CanadaSEEK.com - All Rights Reserved.