I kinda pride myself on being completely open minded abut parenting stuff. Next to beating your kids and serving them crack, I don’t care. Everyone makes the decisions that work for their family. I use disposable diapers but I admire the clothies. I breastfeed while supplementing formula. I did babywearing. I let my kid watch TV. I feel all the mommies. With all that being said, I am strong in a few parenting choices. I thought I would bring them up every once in awhile..ya know…to get everyone all rilled up.
Don’t Act A Fool When at a Restaurant
You know what I am talking about. The kid jumping in the booth. The kid running under tables. I can’t stand that shit. Little Mann fact here: K and I are both only children. That means no brothers and sisters to keep us entertained. We spent long dinners at the table…with our parents. I know with me, I was expected to not act a fool. If I started something, it just took a “do we need to go outside?” talk and I got my shit together. I know some days kids can be terrors but guess what? DON’T TAKE THEM TO A RESTAURANT. We have had days when we planned to go out but LT woke up from a nap and was just ugly. We didn’t go. And this isn’t all about the other people in the restaurant but it is teaching your kid some boundaries. I know when we go out, I am prepared to snatch his butt up and go have a chat. If you think going out to dinner with a toddler is supposed to be relaxing, your doing it wrong. Now as much as I want to just rant, I have some tips on keeping their shit in check:
- Pick a restaurant with a short wait. I am not saying fast food but don’t go to a 5 course dinner with a 2 year old.
- Bring snacks. Most of the time, LT doesn’t even eat form the menu. I throw some hearty well loved foods together before we leave. That kid will do calculus for a pretzel and a few yogurt raisins. If they are hungry, feed them. Another option, ask for their food early. Everyone will thank you.
- Bring an easy, quiet toy. Crayons and paper, quiet trucks, a book, etc. This ain’t rocket science. When all else fails, iphone IN THA FACE
- Don’t sit around too long. I have seen this before too…where it is clearly not a fussy kid but a bored one. The parents are there for HOURS…you can’t expect a kid to keep behaved at a table that long.