When you have a baby you have all those plans of eating out whilst on maternity leave, going to coffee shops and generally relaxing with your child. Well I hate to say this is far from the case its more of a battle ground. A battle ground where you leave feeling more stressed then when you stepped in, maybe this is just me? So here is a list of Do’d and Dont’s for eating out.
DO take a selection of toys with you something or them to play with.
DONT expect them to play with the toys finding salt and pepper shakers to be more interesting.
DO order some food maybe treat yourself to something you love.
DONT expect to eat all off it as suddenly your food looks better than theres and you have to share, also is worse with more children you have as after they have tried it you are left with not much at all.
DO make sure you order some drinks.
DONT think that you will end a meal with out one of the children spilling their drinks.
DO take some colouring or some stickers.
DONT forget to move out of the way of crayons as they are launched at your head.
DO make chit chat with the staff
DONT let your children pipe up and start telling the waitress she had dull hair (this happened at the weekend my poor 2 year old I think she meant something else, maybe doll hair was a bit hilarious).
DO expect the children to be excited.
DONT forget to ignore the looks as your child continues to shout/scream whilst waiting for their dinners.
DO make sure you are sat at a table well away from anybody humans/ animals any one or anything that can be used as a target.
DONT forget to applogise when your toddler has thrown food and it has hit them (true story).
DO expect children to be messy and if out with toddlers they WILL DROP EVERYTHING.
DONT not pick some of it up, I always pick the stuff up from the floor or at least make an attempt I would be so mortified to leave something behind.
DO expect some people will moan if your child is noisy.
DONT wind the children up so they get louder (or do if they are being extra annoying) We have never done this especially that time when we got dirty looks in Toby Carvery from a group of old people.
DO take complements when people say your children have behaved well.
DONT get cocky and ask if they have hearing problems just take it, it may not happen again.
DONT forget you will have to eat it so quickly as your tending to the kids before eating your own dinner, the standard usually is cold dinner at home so why not expect that at home too.
DO pick a child friendly restaurant.
DONT go somewhere posh and then be stressed to keep them quiet during the dinner, also don’t go to NANDO’S the music and lighting sends them crazy every time, sad thing is me and the hubby went there with out the children and it was rather dull without them.
DO route round your bag for anything to keep them entertained.
DONT rule out the old tat you forgot about in your bag to become the best toy ever at this time.
DO make sure you eat out at a good time missing peak times.
DONT go at peak times!!! 40 minute wait plus wait for food is enough to send a tame child to despair.
SO here is just a few tips obviously eating out can be enjoyable with children, I have had a few times where this has been possible but now there is more of them I am out numbered.
Dont forget to check out my other DO's and DONT's post they include tips for going to the Beach and Soft Play.
I must say this made me laugh!!! It is pretty funny how your points are totally true.ReplyDelete
yeah its not always so bad some times!Delete
Very apt tips. I always took a notebook and pen with me everywhere when my son was little as he used to love drawing and it was a God send.ReplyDelete
I usually have rogue crayons and let them draw on napkins!Delete
hehehe! This is brilliant...Great advice and funny too xReplyDelete
This is a great list made me smile as well :) XReplyDelete
I have an extra rule - don't go with your mother-in-law. It is way too stressful eating in a restaurant with small children whilst watched by someone who emanates the conviction that you are doing absolutely everything wrong!!ReplyDelete
oh yeah I can imagine! or your own mother she will let them get away with murder!Delete
Ha ha very true, I always find a gag help for the little ones too... I got up to the toilet in Pizza Express once and my little girl shouted "Are you going for a poo or a wee Mummy?" at the top of her voice! Most embarrassing ;)ReplyDelete
ha my LG often says loudly do you have a willy mummy!Delete
I can so relate to these! My eldest was pretty good when we went to eat out....with my youngest...well lets say it can be a nightmareReplyDelete
ha oh dear they are all so differentDelete
These are fantastic (love that bit about the dull hair, and Nandos....)ReplyDelete
Love it! We eat out very infrequently, but when I do I hate bad service. Waiting 40 minutes qhn you have kids is a no no!ReplyDelete
Haha!! We started eating out at pubs with parks outside! That way they are entertained whilst I sip wine! blissReplyDelete
Oh I remember these days well! It's interesting how I still take a bag for my kids into restaurants which has in it colouing books, crayons and wet wipes and they are 8 and 12!! Habit I guess!ReplyDelete
We love eating out, but I have a two year old who is definitely not designed to sit still!ReplyDelete
Good tips! It gets easier as the children get older, I promise!ReplyDelete
Some really good tips, I have no children but still carry wet wipes xReplyDelete
Really funny :) My son is so unpredictable with his sensory issues that we mostly eat outside in a pub garden at a quiet time and even that is big chance! Inside we are at McDonalds level but it's all practice and even then I am sweating worrying LOLReplyDelete
Gosh yes, eating out with the kids takes lots of planning and muchn patience too! Mich xReplyDelete
This is so true. We don't eat out that often with kids - I find it quite stressful at times, especially if its a long waitReplyDelete
hilarious this made me laugh so so much xReplyDelete
This made me chuckle, especially that bit about compliments :-)ReplyDelete
Haha, brilliant! Made me chuckle xReplyDelete
This made me laugh, so funny! Great tips too, thank you so much for sharing xReplyDelete
Haha ! Great post and so true! Pickle isn't too bad to be honest. Kaz xReplyDelete
Haha! This made me laugh and also remember that my children are in fact human and not some devil-spawned creatures lol! Thanks for linking up to #SuperparentSaturday xReplyDelete
Don't go to a restaurant with children plus my mother! Much too stressful!!ReplyDelete
These are some great tips to enjoy a stress free dinner out with the kids.ReplyDelete
This is brilliant. I have a 4yo, 2yo and 8month old so taking them out for food is always an interesting experience. Thanks for linking up to #SuperparentSaturday!ReplyDelete