Eating out with kids can be so great because it means you get a break from cooking. BUT: It can also be so incredibly stressful due to kids being, well, kids! We talk through some strategies you can use to make the eating out experience more enjoyable for everyone in this week’s episode of the Comfort Food podcast.
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Eating Out with Kids
We talk through common challenges of taking kids to eat in restaurants including:
- What to order a selective eater.
- It can take forever for the food to come—how can we keep the kids happy??
- Little kids (one year olds in particular) often can’t sit still for the duration of the meal.
- What to do when the food comes and it doesn’t look how your kid expects it to.
- The difficulty for parents to actually focus on and enjoy their own food.
We also talk through a few of our favorite ways to entertain our kids in restaurants, including our love of washi tape, taking turns taking the kids for walks, alternating who gets the more difficult child each time, and sometimes bagging up your own food and eating it in peace at home after bedtime.
I also recently saw these activity boxes over on Busy Toddler and I’m obsessed with the idea. Sure, they sometimes might be dumped out and spilled on the floor, but I love the idea of a compact little kit filled with goodies to use only when in a restaurant.
We talked through some of our favorite books for kids about food, and the ones that have been unexpectedly problematic—ahem, Berenstein Bears—and had an interesting discussion on food messages our kids are getting throughout their days.
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