Tips for Eating Out with Kids

We wanted our kids – from an early age – to learn how to behave in various social situations, AND we wanted to expose them to as many different kinds of food as possible.

We wanted our children to acclimate to our family culture – doing things that were important to us – and when it comes to eating out, that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Tip #1 – Choose wisely. There are some restaurants that are kid-friendly and others that simply are not.

Tip #2 – Eat early. We do our best to specifically time our eating-out adventures to where we are one of the first family’s in and out of the restaurant.

Tip #3 – Carry the necessities. When we go into a restaurant, I always make sure I have a pack of wipes and a few small snacks for the youngest in our group.

Tip #4 – Be specific. Our mealtimes out go smoothly if our crew is in a booth. I don’t know why, it just seems to work well for us.

Tip #5 – Keep it simple. When ordering, we try to make it as easy as possible. Waters all the way around, please. OR Five Chicken Quesadillas, please.

Tip #6 – Set high expectations. From the time our kids are little, they are expected to remain seated at the table for the entire meal.