So ... My last post was on the 8th of July and my goals for July included "blog more".
Soooo ... New Goal: Blog every day this week.
Sooooooooo ... We're going to start with a guest post from Bestie Betsy.
Her post is inspired by the "Maine Incident" ... Did you hear about it? Background info can be found HERE.
The Bestie is a momma of two, manages a full time job, and is the wife to a teacher/four sport coach. They're busy, you guys. Recently, they've come back from a week long vacation around our state, and home girl learned a few things about dining out with toddlers.
Mainly that it's hard.
So here you go - five things to help with that whole "eating out with heathens that don't understand that knives aren't for stabbing fingers, and that parents aren't jungle gyms for climbing on" thing:
In light of the recent media coverage of the family in Maine and my vaca, here is my top 5 helpful tips for eating out with kids. I'm not going to say I'm a pro and we definitely had some bad moments, but all the rough spots were from my youngest. Zeke - my oldest - has became a seasoned pro. So I think some of this may actually work.
1. Practice is the most important. Even if you're great about doing sit down family meals, those meals are at the table when the child sits down. They aren't used to the delay. It will take time and some trial and error. Start them young and keep trying.
2. Go someplace kid friendly. Don't try someplace new, exciting or adult with the babes. Look for well lit, things on the walls, a kid menu, colors, etc. It may not be the most vogue place for supper, but you'll enjoy it a lot more. Plus, these places are normally prepared to interact with tots... tots sense fear... go someplace where you don't terrify the staff.
3. Try to aim for a buffet or someplace that serves food before the actual meal. Salad bars, breadsticks or buffets reduce the change from a set table.
4. Don't wait too long to be seated... if there is a wait, either go someplace different or play around with them outside. The waiting truly is the hardest part. :) Be prepared to stand and bounce a baby or walk out. There may be a lot of meals you don't finish or eat after everyone else. Don't stop doing it though. It'll get easier.
5. Take a juice cup or snacks for while you wait to be seated or waited upon. Also have wipes handy... they will make a mess.
And a few things I've learned from eating out with The General?
- They're going to cry. Most of the time people are pretty understanding, but I'm always the first one to scope out the quick exit. While people are understanding, I don't feel like they need to suffer through a two-year-old tantrum.
- I ALWAYS clean up after him. If there is food or silverware or trash on the floor? I pick it up. Always.
Anyone have any awesome mom tips? Years of experience? Awesome words of wisdom? Hook us up!
(As long as it's not using your phone at the dinner table for entertainment. :) )
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