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12 Problems Dining Out With Kids & Ways to Help

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How many times have you been in this situation:

Eating out with toddler can be tough, but I try not to let the stress of the outing overshadow the time we get to spend together. Here are 7 things I keep in my bag to make sure we can all enjoy dinner on the town.

toddler busyA Notepad– That way when their kids menu has already been completed, I have something else they can use to color on.

A Pen- At our house, the toddlers aren’t allowed to have pens on a regular basis. So a special pen that they can use to color when we are out feels like a big deal to them. It is WAY better, in their opinion, than their usual crayons and colored pencils.

An Animal Book– No matter the age, kids are always drawn to animals. We love to use animal books to read, and even play I spy with when we are out.


A Snack– When the bread basket can’t keep up or the wait it too long, a small snack helps my kids be patient.

A Water Cup– One with a lid! Gone are my days of toddlers knocking their drinks all over the whole table. We bring our own water or have them fill up their water cup from home at the table.

Stickers-Stickers can occupy a toddler for hours. Keep a sheet handy!

A Small Toy– One that doesn’t light up or make noise, but one that will keep their attention for a minute or can easily be driven across the edge of a table!

Can you relate to these 12 Problems Dining Out With Kids? Which one always happens to you?


Alicia Gonzalez

Thursday 12th of May 2016

I was so bad with my first son, regarding remembering to bring the right things in his bag, and in mine! By the time I had triplets though, I was a pro. These are great tips.Thanks for sharing.

Janeane Davis

Thursday 12th of May 2016

These are great ideas because while it is important for us to dine out with our children, we have a responsibility not to make the dining experience miserable for those around us as our children learn proper etiquette and decorum.

Autumn Reo

Thursday 12th of May 2016

Great list. The things we do as moms to make sure we're prepared! :)


Wednesday 11th of May 2016

These are great ideas for keeping kids calm when you are at a restaurant. Bringing a snack is a great tip.

Ann Bacciaglia

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Bringing a snack is a great idea. Sometimes the food can take a while to come out.

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