5 Important Tips To Remember When Eating Out With Kids

Parents think twice before taking their kids out to a restaurant or for dinner. The reason is they get embarrassed with their behavior, as toddlers might scream, yell and throw tantrums. Either parents are not able to handle them or feel embarrassed about their behavior. However, children will be children, and it is a parent’s responsibility to groom them properly, especially when there are people around.

When you are taking your kids out, you have to prepare them as they need to understand that it is not the same home environment. It is important to teach your child proper dining etiquette. It is better to start teaching them at home, so that they are prepared by the time you take them out.

5 Important Tips To Remember To Groom Your Children While Eating Out Are As Follows:

Teach Them Things At Home:

Good manners can be inculcated from an early age and that too at home. You can create a restaurant like environment at home or just teach them these table etiquette for lunch or dinner at home. Once, they know the basic rules, they will surely follow it, when they are outside. You can teach them to sit in one place, using a spoon and fork, patience till food arrives, and other basic manners.

Find Ways To Keep Them Engaged:

Whenever you are visiting a restaurant, carry things, which can keep them occupied like some game or their favorite toy or book. Some of the restaurants also give kid friendly kits like coloring sheets, etc, to keep kids engaged.

Choose The Right Place:

You need to be careful while choosing a restaurant to take your toddler to for the first time. Ensure that it is child-friendly and not claustrophobic. You can choose a place that has a small kid’s corner. Also, make sure you inquire whether the place has high chairs for kids, if required. 

Choose Kid Friendly Menu:

Choose dishes, which your kid will like. Don’t take dishes, which is messy to eat. Rather, you can take a single dish for your child like noodles or something, which they can eat easily and keep them occupied with it. Many restaurants have a kid friendly menu, which have been designed keeping kids in mind, However, you have to make sure that those are healthy choices and not junk food.

Appreciate Good Behavior:

It is important that you acknowledge when your child exhibits good behavior. This way he/she will know what they did right. However, you also need to tell them when they are wrong, but in a amicable way so that they do not repeat such behavior in the future.

When kids are small, they tend to think of every place as a place to play, so they tend to run around here and there. But, gradually as you start taking them out, they will understand the difference and will start behaving properly. So, do not scold them in front of everybody, just give them some time to settle in the new environment. If they misbehave, talk to them when you come back home and explain to them when their behavior is inappropriate. With time, they will get adjusted to a restaurant environment and you can have a peaceful dinner out.

References:

http://www.parents.com/kids/development/social/eating-at-restaurants-with-kids/

http://www.parenting.com/article/4-tips-for-eating-out-with-kids