“How do you do it?” a mother jokingly asked my husband from a nearby table. He and my son had been sitting down eating their sandwiches—a stark comparison to her kids whom she could hardly convince to stay seated.
My husband chuckled in return, glad not to have that problem in his hands (although in typical grass is always greener situations, he was in awe at how easily the mom had convinced her kids to use the public restrooms—something my son wasn’t comfortable doing then).
I’ve been impressed with my kids in other restaurant outings as well. They’ve had to patiently wait 30-some minutes for a table, haven’t ran out of their seats mid-meal, and keep to themselves without bothering other patrons.
One reason could be that my kids just love eating, and any chance to make a celebration out of it by going to a restaurant means they’re too excited and happy to cause mischief.
But parents can do much to help prepare their kids for restaurant outings. Going out to eat isn’t the hassle it sometimes can be, but something enjoyable for everyone—the kids, the parents, and the others at the restaurant.
How can you teach restaurant etiquette for kids?
Look at the slideshare I made below and make your next restaurant outing a success:
Get more tips about kids and eating:
- How to Get Rid of Picky Eating Once and For All
- How to Improve Children’s Table Manners
- Promote Healthy Eating Habits for Kids
- In Praise of Family Dinners
- 3 Tips for Avoiding Toddler Food Battles
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