If you have kids, you may end up calling a babysitter every time you want to dine out. However, you can enjoy meals out as a family if you help your children behave in a restaurant environment. Once you visit a casual dining restaurant a few times with your children, they will become accustomed to the new table manners they must follow, which will result in a more pleasant experience for everyone. Here are some pointers to get you through the first few trips to a restaurant with your kids:
Make an early dinner reservation. Making reservations when you have kids coming along to dinner is always wise because it ensures that there will be a table ready when your family arrives. Schedule your dinner a little earlier than you would normally so you can beat the dinnertime rush. The quieter atmosphere is ideal for children who can be highly sensitive to a busy restaurant environment.
Practice table manners at home. Good behavior does not happen overnight, and it may take some time for your child to get used to proper table etiquette. Help your child by practicing good habits at home and explaining some rules for eating at a restaurant.
Don’t experiment with new foods. While it is good to provide your child with new foods that promote balanced nutrition, it is best to stick to what kids know when going to a restaurant. The change of atmosphere paired with pressure to try new foods may be the recipe for a tantrum, so allow your child to choose what he or she wants to eat. It is also a good idea to try a bite of your child’s food to make sure that it is not too spicy or otherwise unfavorable for your child.
Try out these tips with your child, and make a reservation at one of the three Piccolo Trattoria locations. Piccolo Trattoria is a great, BYOB Italian restaurant that serves gourmet pizza and provides Italian catering. From simple party trays for pickup, to theme based parties delivered and setup with a full service catering team, Piccolo's expert staff will help you create the perfect event! Visit our website for more information or call us today.