There’s a lot of pressure on parents when
dining out with kids. It can be a great experience, and it can also be a really difficult experience.
What’s really important as a parent is to practice at home before you have expectations
when you’re out at a restaurant. It’s very important to teach children at home what an
indoor voice is, and how we can have a conversation at the table without distracting other diners
at the restaurant. So often, we do the ordering for our children. But it’s a really nice opportunity
to teach your children communication skills at a restaurant. Rather than “Can I have,”
teach your child to say, “May I please have,” in a clear and audible voice. Finally, we
wanna teach that anything on the meal plate is to be eaten with a fork and a knife. The
only thing that can be eaten with fingers is the bread. Practice these three things
at your table, and you’ll be restaurant-ready.