Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 01:39 pm

Kids and restaurants… it’s almost always a no-go

Whining, fidgeting, running around and food-throwing…

It’s easy to see why most parents of young kids avoid eating out at.all.costs.

Of course, there are times when eating out with kids is unavoidable; like obligatory birthday dinners or unexpected load shedding that forces you out of the house during dinner time.

For those times, you need a game-plan, one that will keep your sanity in-check! Here are five tips to help you do just that…

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5 Tips for getting your kids to behave in restaurants

1. Pick a kid-friendly restaurant

This goes without saying: Pick a restaurant that is child-friendly.

Aside from a kid-friendly menu and a play area (bonus!), you’ll feel much more comfortable surrounded by your own kind…

… which is other parents with loud, and at times, impossible kids.

2. Go early

We don’t need to remind you that tired children are difficult children…

And, you can’t expect your child to stop whining if it’s way past his bedtime.

Go early, before your child times-out and everything becomes a fight.

3. Select a booth…

… so that you and your husband can box your kids in on either side and stop them from escaping, of course.

4. Lose their attention, and they’ll be on the run!

While babies are easy to manage (pop them in a high chair, and play a few games of peek-a-boo), toddlers and pre-schoolers are not.

Somewhere around 18 months, a switch flips, convincing your child that they can never.sit.still.again. So you need to be prepared to entertain them at the table.

Think colouring, sticker and busy books, figurines and other dinky toys. Try to keep these separate from their usual, go-to toys so that there is some intrigue in playing with them.

Just remember, if you lose their attention, they’ll be on the run!

5. Keep taking them out


Yes, the more you do it, the more they’ll get used to it, the better they’ll behave…

Or, so you hope!