First of all, I want to thank Cher for letting my have a spot of her blog this week. I’m super jealous of all those who are at Disney but she’s just too nice to be mad at. We recently attended an event together along with Maria from My Chicago Mommy, and one of our conversations was the inspiration for this post.
- Keep things consistent at home. If your kids are loud and running around the dinner table at home, it’s harder for them to understand why they can’t do that when they are out. If your family doesn’t always eat together try to pick at least one day a week to practice your sit down meal manners at home.
- Know what your child’s limits are. Don’t take an overtired child out. That is simply asking for trouble. If they are tired, get some take out or cook at home!
- Don’t expect them to wait so long. If you’re going out at a busy time and can reasonably expect a long wait have a kid friendly snack with you, ask a server for crackers or order a quick appetizer like chips and salsa.
- Keep them occupied. No one likes to be bored. If you’re going out for a nice sit down meal make sure you bring something age appropriate for them to do to keep themselves entertained. If your goal is family time, skip the video games for a deck of cards or paper to play tic tac toe or hangman. For younger kids, a smart phone has tons of options for fun and is lighter than toting around a collection of toys and favorite books.
- Stick with family friendly places. If your kids are dining out pros, stick with family friendly places as you’re more likely to find family friendly patrons who have been there and done that and will be more forgiving if your kids have an ‘off’ night.
Learn more about Lisa and her adventures as a full time working mom of three boys over at Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy.