Even before the Mister and I were married, eating out was one of our favorite things to do together. And when we had kids, that didn’t change.
Unfortunately, what has changed is the level of difficulty that comes with eating out with kids. More specifically, eating out with a toddler. Every time we go, we think “why did we do this!?” and then for some insane reason, we do it again the next week.
I specifically remember the first time our son was super bad at a restaurant. It was at Chili’s and we were out with some friends. He would not sit in the high chair, he was super loud, and when we finally gave in and let him get out, the Mister and I had to take turns eating and chasing him around the front of the restaurant. It was the worst.
I am optimistic that every other parent who has ever had or has a toddler can relate. It’s pretty much a joke taking a toddler out to a restaurant. Here are thoughts that every parent has when they take their toddler to a restaurant.
“This is going to be so fun! I’m excited I don’t have to cook for everyone!”
“Should we get a booster seat or a high chair?”
“How about a booster seat. He can handle it, he’s big.”
“Don’t slide under the table.”
“Don’t grab the salt and pepper.”
“Don’t dump the salt and pepper.”
“Everybody already hates us.”
“Here, have a spoon to play with.”
“Should we order him a kids’ meal?”
“If we don’t he will eat all of our food, but if we do he won’t eat any of his. Plus it’s like five bucks for just a tiny bowl of macaroni.”
“Let’s just order him some food and we can take home what he doesn’t eat.”
“Don’t bang the spoon on the table.”
“Move that knife out of his reach.”
“Don’t stand up.”
“Don’t go under the table!”
“Can we get a high chair?”
“Make sure he’s buckled in!”
“Oh good, the food is here! Distraction!”
“Let me cut up your food so you will actually eat it.”
“Eat your food.”
“You like this! You picked it!”
“No, you can’t have any more of Mommy’s fries.”
“Why did you give him some of your fries?”
“I should’ve brought some snacks.”
“I should’ve brought some toys.”
“Don’t spill your drink!”
“Why did we do this again?”
“Everyone around us hates us.”
“Please stop screaming!”
“The floor is so messy. There’s so much food where he is sitting.”
“Our poor waitress.”
“Can we get some to go boxes?”
“We are never, ever, ever doing this again.”
But we all know that’s a lie.