When bringing children to restaurants, first realize that there are only so many you should be choosing from in the first place. If you are expecting to bring a child to Nobu or Ruth’s Chris, think again. Here are 3 tips to a successful outing:
Tip #1: Avoid Restaurants With Long Waits
Even if you have a reservation, some restaurants still make you wait to be seated. Kids think in the “now” so look for a place that understands this and you’ll avoid a scene.
Tip #2: Time Your Dinner Correctly
Don’t think you are going to visit a restaurant at the hip, hot hours when most people go out. Always go earlier. You’ll get a better table, beat the rush, and even if your child has an outburst, you’ll be bothering a much smaller group of people.
Tip #3: Provide Your Own Entertainment
Come armed with activities to keep kids calm and entertained, like a mini DVD player with their favorite show. Slowly, over time you will wean them off of this, but when kids are young, a DVD player may save you. Just make sure it’s not loud enough to bother anyone else.
Over time, your kids will grow to enjoy and respect dining out. It’s just a matter of getting them used to the experience.