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Happy meals Children can be unruly at mealtimes and can make eating out less than relaxing for everyone in the dining room. So prepare them by trying these helpful techniques for a stress-free outing.

By Maria Weller

Everyone has had mixed experiences when dining out with children, whether it’s with their own or someone else’s. We have all undoubtedly been astonished by both stellar as well as less than exemplary behavior from these tiny humans. A dining experience can quickly go from good to bad with just one or two isolated incidents.

later evening. Feeding them even a little something beforehand is also a smart move in case the food happens to take a while or if they don’t care for their food when it does make it to the table. On the same note, back-up snacks aren’t a bad idea either.

So, to help keep your sweet angels from coming off like little monsters when dining out, here is some advice from parents and servers alike on how to happily dine out in public with your littlest family members.

Most children are not known for their patience. When planning to dine out, call and make reservations whenever possible. This way, the wee ones are not waiting for a table, then waiting for a server and then waiting for their food.

Proper Preparation

Tired and or hungry children can make for the most volatile situations. If you know that you are going to be eating out later in the evening, it is a good idea to make sure they’ve napped in preparation for a

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Make a Reservation

No Unaccompanied Walkabouts

Restaurant staff members move at a fast pace and are constantly multitasking. This means there are always heavy trays

with multiple drinks and hot food quickly making their way through the restaurant. Though they are encouraged to always have their heads “on a swivel,” their line of sight is not trained to aim down. Small, unaccompanied and typically quick-moving children are therefore immediately in a danger zone. If your little ones wish to explore, take their hand and show them around while also emphasizing the importance of saying, “excuse me,” and giving a little lesson about the right of way.

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Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for dis...