Dining out with children need not be horrendous experience. You can plan the occasion so that you’ll be able to prepare your children and yourselves about eating out. But to make sure that your children stay on their best behavior, your best bet would be to teach them manners and to re-enforce them.
When preparing, it’s always best to find a restaurant that would also cater to children. This way, you’re sure that they’ll have a high chair available (if you have a toddler with you), and the tolerance for noise is quite high.
These restaurants may also have activities for children while waiting for the food to be served. These can be coloring materials or puzzle games.
Some restaurants even have a play section for kids. But if you allow your kids to play there, don’t forget to be there to stand watch.
Even if eating establishments allow kids to dine in them, it is always better to be considerate of the other patrons. If your kids are misbehaving, go home. Do not feed your children their favorite food when you get back. If they haven’t eaten, allow them to eat crackers or biscuits. This will teach them to be mindful of how they conduct themselves.
If your kids behave nicely, you can reward them with their favorite dessert.
Teach your kids manners. Start from the home so that when they eat out, they’ll still use what you have taught them. For example, have the proper silverware and napkin when you eat meals at home.