Last night we took the kids out for dinner. The two older girls were well-behaved and kept themselves occupied with quiet colouring while they waited for their food to arrive. Brinley, on the other hand, reached her quota for sitting still in her highchair after about 3.7 minutes at the restaurant. By the time our meals arrived, she was writhing in her seat, screaming, trying to dive-bomb out of chair. She ate two French fries, smeared some ketchup on her clothes and then pooped her pants. If someone you knew did that when you had a meal with them, it would probably be a deal-breaker.
And THAT’S why we almost never eat out with our kids. It’s expensive, and stressful and messy and frustrating. I would way rather spend the money on a baby-sitter than on the wasted chicken fingers and crusty fries our kids end up just tossing on the floor. Mind you, seeing how my five and three year-old behaved last night has given me a glimmer of hope that someday we’ll be able to enjoy dining out as a family.
Do you eat out with your kids? Do you think it’s worth the extra effort or do you prefer to just dine with adults?