Yes, I know there are restaurants that cater to kids and restaurants that don’t. I’m a mother to two awesome little boys – online I call them Max and White Bread – and we typically have to pick our restaurants based on whether the boys are joining Mom and Dad, or not. So, I know that these “kids in restaurants” posts need to be in three parts:
3. Why restaurants (and diners) hate kids dining at restaurants (coming soon)
My original article was going to be on making a more kid-friendly restaurant, but as I started talking about this subject, I learned that people are really passionate about this topic. And I get it, even as a Mom.
I’ve been in a restaurant with screaming kids, and you think to yourself, “Seriously, are you not going to take your screaming kid out to the car until they are done with their fit? The rest of us are trying to enjoy our food!”
I’ve also been the parent whose kid is screaming, and I’m like, “Ugh, okay, let’s go outside until you cool off and we’ll start over.” But I’ve also learned that I can teach my children manners and choose restaurants that are great for them, that are kid-friendly.
We also have restaurants that we refuse to bring our kids too. Those types of restaurants are for when Mom and Dad are dining alone, and we’re okay with that.
I’ve also been a waitress in a restaurant and know what it’s like to serve a table full of kids – there’s likely to be a mess, a lower bill (hence a lower tip too), and screaming (oh, the screaming). But again, parents and servers can learn a thing or two to make the entire experience better.
With that, I’ll end by saying that I hope that you get a chance to read each of the articles posted before sounding off. I know we all have passion in one of these areas, but we all live our own lives and can share compassion for one another – play nice folks.