|Written by Bill Hanks|
A am sure that we have all sat in a restaurant listening to some little child screaming their head off. We only hope that it isn't our child. To solve that probability of a problem, why not have a restaurant rescue kit. This article will give you some suggestions to help you get through those meal time situations.
If you have loud children, try to sit in a location where there are other children. You might want to sit in an area where there is already some noise. You can sort of disguise your child's noise. Always try to have your child out of the isle. Place them in the corner or with their back to a wall. This way, if they drop something, you don't have to worry bout someone stepping on it.
One of the best things, that I have used, is what I call a restaurant rescue kit. It is a bag with a handle on it. It can be any type of bag. In it, you can put small snacks like Cheerios, miniature marshmallows, raisins or any small finger snacks. This will hold them until their food arrives. Speaking of food, always have a clean flexible straw. In your bag, you can have colors (not too many) or a sketch-o-graph. If your child is learning to drink, bring your own sippy cup. Avoid big or cumbersome toys. Avoid stuff animals, too. Little children like to have toys they can grasp and handle easily. Always pack a wet wash cloth inside a plastic bag. Any small thing that will hold their interest will work. Keep in mind, a child has a very short attention span.
Never give the child the entire bag. They will dump everything out at once.
When the food arrives, put things away and concentrate on feeding the child. Always try to let them figure out things as they go. You can expect things to hit the floor.
You don't have to be embarrassed when you go to a restaurant. Just go prepared. It is expected and accepted for children to make noise. You just want to contain or control the noise as best as you can.