Monday, 23 November 2009
The other day my mom grandma and I were enjoying a nice quiet meal at a casual restaurant. That is until a family with 5 children arrived. My mom and grandma instantly braced themselves, ready for our nice dinner to turn bad.
I kept positive at first, until the family was seated directly next to us. Before the first child even sat down she accidentally banged into my chair, almost knocking my purse off of the back. I drew in a deep breath and braced myself for the worst just like my elders had done.
And then to my surprise, the kids were great! After everyone sat and settled down the mother explained how she expected the rest of the evening to go. She reminded the children that they were at a restaurant with other people who were eating. She also reminded them of the difference between inside voices and outside voices and that in the restaurant inside voices were to be used. The mother then proceeded to read off the Kid’s Menu to her children and asked them each what they would like to order. All of her children listened to her and behaved accordingly.
My mom, grandma and I were really impressed with how that mother handled eating out with 5 kids that evening.
Obviously, kids will be kids and things are not always going to go this smoothly while eating out in a restaurant. So here is an example of how another family I once witnessed handled an unruly child probably around the age of four.
I was out to eat with my family when the child in the booth next to us started standing on her seat, crying and pretty much throwing a tantrum.
First the father calmly warned the girl that they were going to go home if she did not stop throwing a tantrum. The girl did not seem phased by what her father said and continued to carry on. The father then calmly took her hand and walked her out of the restaurant.
The mother informed us that they were not really leaving but that the husband was just sitting with the daughter in their car until she calmed down. Within just a couple of minutes the father and the daughter came back into the restaurant and with the child now calm, finished their meal. I also thought that this family handled a less than ideal situation in a public place rather well.
What do you do when you bring the kids out to eat at a restaurant? Have you ever had an embarrassing experience despite your best efforts?