We are a busy family of six. Before we had our last two kids (who are both now toddlers), we ate out frequently and enjoyed it. Not having to cook or clean gave us more time to spend talking and engaging with our children.
Nowadays, we try to cook at home or order take-out. However, no matter how much planning I do, there will always be occasions where we end up at a restaurant. It’s not that I’m opposed to restaurants, it’s just that I have two toddlers who are not restaurant-friendly. If we were to invite you out and offer to pay for dinner, chances are you would still say: “No thanks!” Let me explain…
Somedays I think we should sell tickets to “The Toddlers’ Restaurant Act” as a comedy show — or possibly as a method of birth control. I know there are people who hate kids and restaurants and what have you. Well I hate my own kids in restaurants, but it’s life. Yes, kids are kids, and toddlers are still in the learning phase. My goal as a mom is to give grace and parent with love, but being transparent — me + toddlers + restaurants = work in progress.
We try our best to teach our toddlers manners and how to act in public. We are constantly taking turns with a toddler in time-out and giving direction on doing this not that, but at the end of the day, my boys are boys. We are a family on the go, which occasionally requires going out to eat, and I am having to put on my big girl-panties and accept it.
This is all part of our journey in parenting, and I just have to keep laughing at these funny times. I know someday we will be sitting on the other side of the restaurant table watching our grandkids throwing food and screaming while our kids reign in the insanity. That will be a sweet day.
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