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6 Easy Ways To Make Dining Out With Kids Less Stressful

6 Easy Ways To Make Dining Out With Kids Less Stressful

 

If you’re dying to get out of the house and treat yourself to a great meal but the thought of taking the kids along makes you want to stab yourself with a fork, then these tips are for you!

1. Choose a family friendly restaurant

Dining out with kids is not the time to try that cute little French restaurant you’ve had your eye on. Stick to establishments that are family friendly. If the place has tablecloths I’d stay away. Asian and Italian restaurants are usually good choices. Lots of kid friendly menu items and food is prepared quickly so less waiting time means less chance of a temper tantrum.

2. Eat early

Find out what time the restaurant opens and be there before the doors open. The earlier the better. If anyone has been out with toddlers during the dreaded witching hour then you have experienced literal hell on earth. There is no amount of dessert bribery that will calm a screaming child down once 6.00pm hits.

3. Look at the menu online before you arrive

This one is a no brainer, and I still do it every time I go somewhere new. If you’re armed with the knowledge of what’s on the menu that means less time deciding while you’re there and less time spent at the restaurant. Remember the aim is to get in and out as quick as possible. So jump online and check what your kids will like so that as soon as your waiter asks for your order you’re ready to rock and roll!

 

4. Bring stuff

Put a couple of ‘new’ things in your bag that your kids haven’t seen before. A sticker album, a colouring in book, a new little toy. Something that will hold their attention long enough for you to drink that glass of wine without looking like a desperate alcoholic. And for God’s sake, if that fails or if you forget to pack something, then give your child your phone or their tablet or whatever will ensure they stay seated longer than 3 minutes. No parent shaming or guilt here thank you!

5. Lower your expectations

Please don’t expect your dining experience to be some civilised affair. I mean if it is, that’s a bonus! But in reality, you may not find yourself sitting around the table sharing stories about your day. Instead you may be dodging flying fried rice and picking up toys from the floor. That’s okay. That’s what the dessert menu is for. So we can eat our feelings.

6. Hire a babysitter

Hahaha…not kidding! Good luck either way.

 

Images: Pixabay

 

 

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Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at https://lovechrystal.com.au and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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