How to Dine Out With Small Children - Video

by Samantha on July 31, 2011

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about the utility of being able to manage kids and their accompanying behavior.  Whether it’s in a restaurant or airplane - there seems to be a growing contingent of the population that has determined, for whatever reasons, that kids are just not the best attendees at particular places. More specifically, the topic of whether or not kids should be in restaurants has been in the news a lot of late, likely because of a recent restaurant’s decision to impose and outright ban on children under the age of six on its premises.

What gives? Or perhaps a better question is, how do we, as parents, show the naysayers that we can, indeed, be civilized with our kids in tow? That children present do not necessarily mean that the ambiance of a particular restaurant - or otherwise - has been compromised?

On the heels of one of my more popular posts - Sippy Cups and Sushi - Top 10 Tips For Dining Out With Small Children - I appeared on a local TV program to discuss how parents could indeed dine out with their small children - without bringing on the wrath of other diners.

Check it out:

So it can be done. I and many families like mine dine out often, with small kids in tow, without bothering anyone. The key is to plan in advance and to be prepared to leave - if calmer nerves won’t prevail and the kids are melting down. Of course, there are the standard tools of bribery, negotiations and threats…but you knew that already, right? ;)

What other tips would you offer to parents who want to take the leap, get out of the house and dine out with their children?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Holly Ann August 1, 2011 at 2:09 am

We go out to eat all the time. It's really no big deal for us and I'm glad because I'm a terrible cook! lol


avatar Samantha August 1, 2011 at 2:15 am

@Holly Ann If your kids behave all the time and there are no meltdowns to be had, you're lucky!


avatar Holly Ann August 3, 2011 at 2:46 am


We have the occasional meltdown, but they're getting fewer and farther between because my kids have done so much that they know the drill. When those meltdowns occur, one of us usually just takes the offending child outside for awhile and all is well about 5-10 minutes later. :)


avatar Samantha August 3, 2011 at 3:10 am

@Holly Ann Sounds like you have it down to a fine science, Holly! I agree - if it gets too crazy, remove the kids from the situation - whether it's for a short period or for good!
Thanks for commenting :)


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