Eating out with kids can be fun, but also a little challenging at times. You have to consider which restaurants have food they will eat, is the wait too long, is it too noisy, etc. Not to mention, you want to time it so that no meltdown will happen before you get your main course.
Here is how we handle eating out with our little maniac:
- It needs to be a low key, low volume restaurant. We noticed early on, that the louder the restaurant vibe was, the louder Carson would get and vice versus.
- Go a little before the rush starts. That way you don’t have to wait for a table, then wait another hour just to get food. By the time you sit down, you have wasted all your tricks entertaining the little ones and their patience has run out. Not to mention they want that mac n cheese STAT!
- We prefer places that have some kind of appetizer to keep kids busy before the meal. Our little guy loves spreading butter on bread and chips and queso. It keeps him entertained and he’s not as concerned as to why his french fries have not arrived the moment he sits down.
- Bring some kind of little toy or pen and paper. It’s always nice to have some sort of distraction just in case. I personally am not a big fan of electronics at the table. Although I do allow the phone or iPad if we are eating with a large group and know the wait time will be extremely long.