How Role Playing Can Make Eating Out With Your Kids Fun & Enjoyable! by Jocelyn Greene

Parenting
5 years ago
How Role Playing Can Make Eating Out With Your Kids Fun & Enjoyable!

Having trouble getting the kids to be calm in a restaurant? Use dramatic play to ground them and give them tasks to keep them happy and engaged (so you can get through your appetizer at least!).

  • Pretend they are the waiter. Address them respectfully and ask them questions about the specials. Get really specific with your order!
  • Give them a crayon and paper to "draw down" what you are having.
  • Take the role-play even further and pretend to be an animal or a favorite fairy tale character who eats something really specific and silly.

Once they understand the structure (psychologists call this scaffolding), they can do this game on their own! Have them take the orders of any stuffed animals or toys they brought and they can busy themselves as chefs preparing food, too.

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Donna John
Love this, Jocelyn Greene! Great tips for parents - and grandparents!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I wish I would have had these ideas when my kids were little, Jocelyn Greene! Think they'll work for rowdy teens?! ;-)
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
This is great. You can count on me using these tips .... tonight, in fact!
Chef Gigi Gaggero, Our 30Seconds Resident Chef
This is how my business was formed 15 years ago - when my children were 6 and 8 - they built their business plan on paper placemats ! I'm all for it ! It helped me retire and put them thru college!

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