Eating out with a toddler can be a stressful situation – for everyone involved. Children don’t enjoy sitting still for long periods of time, waiting for food to come, or being quiet. So, keeping everyone happy & calm in a restaurant can feel like hard work for parents. The whole point of eating out is to have a break from cooking & to enjoy yourselves – not to inhale your food before the toddler kicks off. With a little planning ahead & a few tricks, you can all enjoy your meal out!
Preparation is Key:
1. Tell the toddler that you are going out to eat & what’s expected of them in the restaurant. It takes time for children to learn restaurant manners, but I think starting to tell children about what’s expected from a young age is helpful. As they get older they will get better & better so long as they know what’s expected of them.