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Dining With Kids

Does the thought of dining out with your kids make you cringe? Say goodbye to the "dinner theater" with these helpful hints from the "It Moms". It's all in a day's work for Holly and Marni!

Wed, 22 Aug 2012|

-You're watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives. -Hi, It Moms. When you go out to eat with your kids, are you like "dinner theater" for all the other guests? There's a lot of pressure on moms to keep it all together. -So Holly and I wanted to give you some tips so your next meal out with your kids doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth. Before you even set foot into a restaurant with your kids, check out the menu and make sure whatever's on it, they will eat. They're usually posted at the front door or on their website. -That time from when you order the food until the food comes can seem like days, so have your kids pack a backpack full of their toys they can play with 'till the food arrives. Smart. -So Holly, I noticed Philly is falling asleep. Timing is everything when it comes to a restaurant with kids. -And make sure to go before their rush hour, that way you won't have a roomful of people that you're annoying. There should be something on here that you might eat- should be. It's very- it's called the kids' menu. -Anastasia is falling asleep? -Yeah, scratch that. She woke up. -Can I get the curry chicken salad but without the curry chicken, just grilled chicken? -I didn't even look for me because I was too busy taking the orders for the kids. Can I have one just to- I need one. I'm getting the- curry chicken salad only as it's written. -So I like to amend the menu. What? -We have our first meltdown of the one shower. -Slowly, and we're good. -You might be able to eat something today. -I might. I might be able to have myself a little lunch with a friend. -All right, and whatever happens on these, don't panic. Keep a good attitude. It's okay, they are fun-- -And it's always better when it's not your kid. How's it going, Holly? -Not funny. Can we get some more napkins over here? -Pepperoni? Right here. -You have to leave your shirt on in a restaurant. No shirt, no shoes- no service. You can eat with your shirt on. Kyle? Kyle, it's okay. I'll be the mommy. You just be the brother. Go over manners when you sit down. Remind them of what the manner or rules are, and if they can obey them-- -You get desserts. -Desserts. -Please, please obey your manners. I want dessert. -No elbows on the table, chewing with your mouth closed, right? -Okay, It Moms, don't be afraid to take your kids to a restaurant. Just be prepared. -Check the menu ahead of time, bring some toys, and stay flexible for whatever might happen. -A lot of stuff might happen. Bye, It Moms. -Bye, It Moms. You guys have everything? -Yeah. -Yeah. Go. -And make sure and sweep the perimeter before you leave.