While on vacation this summer, we completely avoided a schedule. It was impossible to keep up with a normal routine. One day we went to an amusement park. The next day we went to a museum. Each day always involved some sort of restaurant. There were good times, bad times and yes, silly times.
Some restaurants or should I say waiters are so good at planning for children. They ask for their orders and let you know that they’ll have it ready as soon as possible. Other waiters are clueless. Your food might even come out first. You never know what the outcome will be.
Either way, you have to keep them busy. As you look around, you see some tables where all the kids have some sort of electronic device and there is no conversation going on. Quiet, yes, but I’m not sure how I feel about that. There are other tables where the parents are completely oblivious to what their children are doing and it makes me want to put on my teacher voice.
This day, we had just left the mall and everyone was hungry. That is a good piece of advice – children should be hungry, but not too hungry, so that they actually want to eat when the food arrives. We kept everyone occupied with various props that were on the table.
Middle Savvy can be very comical. As long as she is using a quiet voice, I enjoy the way she keeps herself occupied.
So, how do you keep your children busy in restaurants?