Eating With Kids At A Restaurant
by Vicki Lansky
Finding good places to eat with little ones can be difficult when traveling. Mexican and family style restaurants are usually good choices.
- If you're trying to save money, make breakfast the biggest meal of the day. It's always less expensive than lunch or dinner.
- Fast food restaurants may offer outdoor playgrounds and picnic tables. It's not the best well-rounded nutritional selection, but you can supplement that anyway.
- If you're going to a restaurant, it's wise to call ahead and make reservations if you can. Check on the availability of high chairs, booster seats, and children's menus.
- Try to keep your meal schedule as close as possible to the one that you follow at home, but eat early rather than late, then you can avoid the crowds and keep kids happy and satisfied.
- If you're dealing with the young and the restless, you might want to remember to let a toddler sit in a seat facing a window. Cars and people will provide distractions. If you can't get a window seat, at least sit by a wall or out of the way.
- You can also keep a booster seat in your car for use in an unaccomodating restaurant. You can make a homemade seat from old catalogs wrapped in contact paper or your car restraint can act as a booster seat in a booth.
Programmed and Hosted by ParentsPlace.com,
The Parenting Resource Center on the Web.
Last modified: Oct 24, 1995