It never fails. Gymnastics is over and the first question out of her mouth is “Can we go somewhere to eat?” The answer is the same every week “No.” Not only because home is closer, but home is free (well, groceries…but you know what I mean.) Today as we were leaving the grocery store WITH a car full of food the same question “Mom? Can we go somewhere to eat?”
“We have an entire car full of food to eat once we get home, why would we need to go out?”
Out of exasperation I asked my friends on twitter “Do you kids ask to go out to eat every time you’re out in public even if you don’t eat out all that often?”
Aside from the few who ask if they’re going to Home Depot and Target, the resounding answer was “Yes.”
I figured there was something to it when a friend of mine who lives a very healthy lifestyle answered “YES! I thought my kids were the only ones!”
It’s not as though I can’t cook, in fact a majority of Addie’s favorite meals are things that I make. At home.
Addie can be a bit of a bored eater, we’ve curtailed it a lot in the past few years but she’ll still sneak crackers on occasion and mindlessly munch on them while coloring or watching a movie. Even if I were to feed her a seven course meal before leaving the house at some point she would still ask “Mom? Can we go somewhere to eat?”
The answer is always no, yet she asks every time.
Turns out your kids do it too. Some of them ask to go to Home Depot while others ask for a cookie as you drive by the grocery store, but a majority of answers were “Yes, they ask if we can go out all the time.”
I remember being a kid and having my favorite restaurants. We would go out maybe once a month and it was always the highlight of the month. But during the week? Never. I started to think about our dining out habits as I drove home. We eat out as a family maybe once a month, order pizza once and Addie and I try to go out on a mommy/daughter date once a month. I’m not sure what it is that caused her to have this strong desire to go out all the time. Instant gratification? More selection (even though she gets the same thing everywhere we go?) Trying to get her way? Positive associations with restaurants and being together?
I don’t know.
But what I do know is that I feel better knowing that my kid isn’t the only one who asks if we can all go somewhere to eat.
Now can WE all go somewhere to eat with grownup drinks and no kids?
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