One of the “luxuries” that I miss before life with kids is eating a meal. Without someone climbing into my chair or needing something or running away from the table or throwing something on the floor or needing a second serving. Going out to dinner with my husband any day that I didn’t feel like cooking. If we wanted to have a mid week date night or just celebrating the weekend!
Now. With these 2. I think the straw that broke this camel’s back was spilling the soy sauce across the table and splashing joyfully with both hands. Not to mention the pile of rice and everything else imaginable under our table.
Me and my husband were done. Forget it. Not worth it. Not worth spending the money to shove food down our throats as fast as possible. Soooo not enjoyable.
So for a while we stopped.
Now the kids are a little older. Still 2 toddlers. But. Call me crazy, ready to try again.
So I started this thing. I feel like if we are going to bother going to dinner… I am not shoving the phone in my kid’s faces the whole time to distract them. Do not get me wrong. I am so not judging and I have definitely done it, and still do it but I try to hold out as long as possible. I know how hard it is to get my own kids to sit so I am definitely not judging when I see parents out with their tablets or phones because trust me I know the feeling of just wanting to have a nice meal out!!!!
Do or don’t? Going out to dinner with little ones?
My new plan is to start slowly. And get them used to sitting a little longer each time.
I just felt like anytime we went out we were giving the kids the phones to keep them occupied and essentially ignoring them most of the meal. Again, maybe this is just mom guilt taking over.
So over the summer we agreed. You know what. We need to celebrate our big move. They have to learn and we should be allowed to go to dinner.
Well. The bread on the table always works wonders. And we order their food right away. Then we ordered our own. The kids did great. Sure my daughter kept standing in the booth and trying to take her shoes off. I just kept telling her to sit down. And she would. And then try to stand up again.
Their meals came with ice cream.
By the time our meals came we knew the kids were near the end of their good streak. We ordered their ice creams. Me and my husband just looked at each other. “Want to take ours to go?”
Hahahha. Yes. Yes I do.
We both knew they did great and all hell was going to break loose soon. And we wanted to enjoy our food so that’s what we did. Asked for boxes to go.
We got in the car and said. Maybe we’ll just go for dessert next time 🙂
Like I said starting slow. But we were proud of ourselves for not using the phones. And we did enjoy a dinner out. And yes we did eat some of their ice creams 🙂
So my real advice for Do and Don’ts of going out to eat with little ones???
I have none. You are the parents. You know your kids. But most importantly ya gotta do what ya gotta do!!!! Whatever works for you might not work for someone else. That’s okay.