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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dining Out With The Children

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Everyone enjoys dining out once and awhile and if you have little ones, it might be best to go somewhere that has foods that they enjoy eating. Although some children will try new foods, for the most part, they like what they like and that is all they will eat. If you take younger children to Chinese restaurant and they have never had it before, you could very well end up with a cranky child on your hands.

Little ones seem to behave better when they have foods that they know and like verses eating something that you enjoy. Dining out can be fun for the entire family as long as you keep in mind that kids only eat what they want too. The place to try new foods is definitely at home.

Find a restaurant that caters to the family, especially little ones. The restaurants that are family orientated will have more of a selection for the kids. One thing you can do before heading out the door is to remember to take along a coloring book or something that will keep the kids entertained if the restaurant does not offer this table service.

The more things you have for the kids to do while waiting for dinner and after dinner will eliminate boredom, which sets in easier for younger kids than adults. There are ways to enjoy dining out with young children, you just need to think ahead.

A night out for the entire family is a great way for mom or dad to get out of the kitchen and the house while enjoying the night having someone wait on them. Having the children along can be enjoyable if you take along enough things for them to keep busy. Some nice dining establishments have plenty of things for the kids to do. You might try a Chunky Cheese or another type of restaurant that has activities for the kids to occupy themselves. Many family orientated restaurants around beside Chunky Cheese have fun things for all the kids and adults too.

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  • At October 2, 2007 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Ally said...

    hi Pam,

    I just wanted to comment that it does get easier. My son was NOT good at dining out for most of his toddler years. You would think that would be a given, BUT his older sister was an angel, even at ages 2 and 3, eating out....

    Well, he did eventually get better, and ever since about 3 1/2 we've been able to thoroughly enjoy dining out as a family. So, toddler parents, hang in there!

  • At October 2, 2007 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Ally said...

    ps, thanks for visiting my, that's where I found your blog. Have you seen Maybe we could blog roll each other...

  • At October 6, 2007 at 7:40 AM , Blogger Blondie - Pamela said...

    I will look at your blog today. I look forward to it.



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