Let’s face it.
It is near impossible to go out and have a meal with your young kids.
Your meal may start off really well but can turn into a serious disaster very quickly.
In order to avoid public humiliation and catastrophe, I have compiled a list of things to do when eating out with your little hooligans.
Choose a Family Friendly Restaurant
If there is a sign on the door that says NO STROLLERS, this is a good indication that you should be turning around and walking in the other direction.
This is mostly so that you can maintain your sanity while attempting to shovel down your meal while wiping your kiddoes face.
These establishments are made for people that want to avoid other people’s children and even their own for that time.
The last thing you want is to dine here and be mortified the whole time through your meal because your kiddo just flung a drink at the uppity couple next to you.
Choose an Unpopular Time
Think really early breakfast, late lunch or early dinner.
These are the least popular times for people to dine.
This means that there are less people to give you stink eye as your toddler throws her food in your face while laughing hysterically.
The server is also able to pay more attention to your constant requests for water and napkins for the spills and thrills of dining with your toddler.
Back Corner Please
It is crucial that you choose your seating location accordingly.
Make it the least popular spot in the restaurant.
This way if the place fills up at this irregular dining hour, you are still far away enough from people to be able to avoid their frowns and sighs.
Trust me, you’ll thank me for this one day and so will your kids.
This ensures that you can enjoy your meal with your little’s, even if your favorite jeans are now stained with tomato sauce love prints.
*Love prints are your kids dirty handprints because they LOVE to love you when they are all messy and stuff.
First Things First
Order your kids’ food.
Do this before you even contemplate what drink you are having.
While your kids go to town on their meals you can spend some time not worrying about any huge meltdowns.
If you are there with a friend you can spend a bit of time chatting about something that is unrelated to your children for once, or not.
Make sure to get in a couple of quality bites of your food as this precious silence is very short lived and you will be handling a disaster in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Bring Back Up
Bring clothes, entertainment and water bottles.
You will need it.
The clothes will come in handy for you and the kiddies, especially if you have somewhere else to go after you eat.
Entertainment is GREAT if you are looking to get a few peaceful moments to yourself.
Download one of their favorite shows or movies on your phone and you are golden.
*Make sure that phone is CHARGED at all times!
Whether it be a sippy cup or a plain old water bottle, you never want to be that mom that picks it up from the dirty floor and hands it to her child.
Just bring provisions and you will never have to experience the looks of disgust from that “perfect mom” in the next booth.
These tricks will help to ensure that you get to eat out with your kids without having to experience any major panic attacks.