Eat Out at Restaurants With Small Kids & Enjoy It! Here's How! by Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD

Parenting
5 years ago
Eat Out at Restaurants With Small Kids & Enjoy It! Here's How!

Yes, it is possible to enjoy eating at a restaurant with young kids! They key is to practice the skills at home. Eating meals at a table is a learned skill. We need to give kids the opportunity to practice when there aren't the extra distractions in a restaurant. Here’s how!

  • Eat meals at the table.
  • Eat meals together. Practice having an adult eating with your child. Being a good role model speak volumes.
  • If you leave the table you’re “all done.” It doesn’t teach kids how to sit and eat if you allow kids to take a bite, run off to play, come back to the table for a bite and repeat.

Practice these skills at home and your child will know how to behave at a restaurant. (Bringing along a toy and some crayons helps, too!)

Jennison Grigsby
Great tips! My little one is 8 months old and I try to eat with him during all his mealtimes to create these habits. Glad to see you suggest that... Hope it pays off!

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