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8 Ways for Restaurant Servers to Earn Big Tips from Parents

By Lori Garcia |

We’re restaurant people, always have been. Some people go to movies and concerts for entertainment, we eat.

Since the moment I gave birth, I’ve been trekking my kids out to eat because, well, I’m lazy. But more than that, we’re foodies and restaurants cook better than we do.

On the rare opportunity I dine childfree, my standards for service are pretty forgiving. But when I’m out with two hungry small people, my standards for service soar; I just can’t help it.

Check out these 8 ways for servers to charm the pants (and tips) off patrons with kids after the jump!

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What Makes Parents Leave a Good Tip at a Restaurant

Bring extra napkins

There are simply never enough napkins when dining with children. Bringing us a heaping pile of napkins before we even ask is intuitively awesome and always appreciated.
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Hey big tipper, what makes qualities do you appreciate in a server?

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “8 Ways for Restaurant Servers to Earn Big Tips from Parents

  1. Cate says:

    And on behalf of servers everywhere, if your kid makes a crazy mess on the floor either leave a little (and by a little I mean a lot) extra in your tip or offer to tidy up a bit. I never once took anyone up on their offer to clean up the mountains o’ cracker crumbs on the floor, but just having them offer made me want to hug and kiss them.

    1. mommyfriend says:

      Cate, I’m the parent showing off heaping amounts of butt crack to pick up every last chip crumb off the floor. I totally hear you. Big mess ought to equal big tip. Respect the restaurant!

  2. Elisabeth says:

    We just went out last night. I gave a healthy extra tip because my wonderful 3 year old son decided to lick the mirrored wall next to our booth. Yes – super gross- and left a huge smear on their otherwise clean surface.

  3. Jen says:

    I am a server, in a family restaurant (big chain) and I do all of these things. Every single time…and my tips kinda rock. Other servers ask me how I do it. I am also a mom of a 7 yo and a 2.5 yo, so I know exactly what the parents are going through.

    Servers…read this. Your tips will soar.

  4. Ashley says:

    How about “Don’t set an uncovered drink or hot dish directly in front of my baby/toddler in the high chair”!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I have to agree with Cate. As a server, and an aunt to a two year old who lives with me, I know what it is like to dine out with kids. Its frusterating sometimes. But, as a server, what is even more frusterating is when parents let their children run rampant screaming thru a resturant, yes I have had it happen several times, and then leaves a less than great tip. Its difficult enough to walk with a full tray in hand and when you add an unruly kid to the mix, things might get dirty. I don’t mind cleaning up after kids, I know they are walking messes, but that also doesn’t mean I don’t expect a good tip from a messy table. All we servers ask is that you be aware of your children and tipp appropriately

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