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Old 07 February 2013, 08:50 PM
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Default Restaurant gives family a discount for having well behaved kids

At a time where airlines are charging more for child-free seats and people are routinely enraged about out-of-control kids in public, one restaurant is rewarding parents when their pint-size diners show good manners.

http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/res...192500505.html
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Old 07 February 2013, 09:06 PM
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That's not to say that things are always perfect. "If we were to have a meltdown, we would remove our child from the table and go to a quiet place, most likely the restroom, and have a chat with them," King explained.
That's what I really wish more people would do. I understand even the most well-behaved kids lose it sometimes. I don't expect parents to never take their kids out in public. I understand it's not a good idea to reward kids for making a scene by giving in to their demands to make them quiet down. But there is really no excuse for continuing to sit there while your kid screams his head off and disrupts everyone else's dining experience. Take them outside. That's all I ask.
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Old 07 February 2013, 09:10 PM
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The advice offered at the end of the OP article are very good: make sure kids are well-rested, not overly hungry, and that they get adult attention during dinner. When DD was little, she could go from not-hungry to ravenous and cranky in a very short time frame (mainly because she didn't know her body well enough to recognize the signs of hunger until it was extreme). So in addition to not making her wait too long between meals, I learned to ask for crackers or bread as soon as we sat down.
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Old 07 February 2013, 09:30 PM
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The advice offered at the end of the OP article are very good: make sure kids are well-rested, not overly hungry, and that they get adult attention during dinner.
That last bit strikes a nerve with me; as far back as I can remember, perhaps five or six, a relative of mine would take me places (usually to a "fancy" restaurant with their friends/extended family) where everyone would say hello to me - and then promptly ignore me the rest of the night. I couldn't join the conversation because I didn't know what was going on, so I was expected to sit there, alone, with nothing to do, for hours. I was "too old" for crayons, if they even had them, and "too grown up" to order off the kids' menu (again, if such even existed), which means there was often nothing I wanted. Needless to say, I got scolded an aweful lot for being "cranky" and "disruptive" and "acting like a baby". I am, in theory, an adult now, but it still pings that raw nerve when I see my buddy's doing the same thing, and make sure to talk to/color with/acknowledge their kids when we're out to dinner, if everyone seems cool with it.
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Old 07 February 2013, 09:58 PM
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The advice offered at the end of the OP article are very good: make sure kids are well-rested, not overly hungry, and that they get adult attention during dinner. When DD was little, she could go from not-hungry to ravenous and cranky in a very short time frame (mainly because she didn't know her body well enough to recognize the signs of hunger until it was extreme). So in addition to not making her wait too long between meals, I learned to ask for crackers or bread as soon as we sat down.
I used to give parents crackers until I cleaned up too many cracker crumbs from parents who used to let their kids hammer the cracker packets into dust and then the top would spring open. After awhile, I offered to bring them a selection from the salad bar: carrot sticks and stuff like that. Made life a lot easier.
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Old 08 February 2013, 12:44 AM
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That would have been fine with me, and I can understand why you did it.

My pet peeve as a waitress was people who thought it was great to put a kid in highchair with a metal tray, give it a metal spoon or fork, and let it bang away to amuse itself. When DD was a baby, I'd give her a cloth napkin (you'd be surprised how entertaining that can be to, say, an 8MO), and when she was a little older, I'd bring along one of those soft vinyl bath books (with no squeaker in it).
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