We were THAT family

We are not afraid to eat out with our kiddos. (In fact, I think we eat out too much, but that’s a different story.) They all know how to behave at a restaurant, for the most part, and are generally quiet and cooperative, at least for a little while.

The key is to provide the kiddos with plenty of activities to occupy them. We generally have on hand the disposable place mats and crayons, from Classy Kid, that they can color on just in case we are dining at a restaurant that does provide a coloring menu or Etch-a-Sketch. We also make sure to have sippy cups, for the littlest ones, and one of their favorite toys.

Sometimes there is just nothing you can do to avoid spills and messes. I mean, isn’t that really why you eat out in the first place; so you don’t have to clean up?

Parent Bloggers Network and Burger King would like to hear our eating out horror stories. We don’t have many, but one that sticks out to me was when we were out with our good friends just before Christmas. You may remember the story…

We were all having a nice sushi dinner with Phil and Cami. At this particular restaurant there was nothing for the kids to do, and the booster seats sat precariously on the chairs (my first clue something was going to go wrong!).Ben started squirming in his booster seat, and one of the lovely servers came over and started telling him to be careful – You know, kind of looking at me to take care of him. (nice, huh?) Yeah well, because my kiddos sit in boosters quite often and had never before had issues, I told her that he was okay, and continued eating (yes, and talking).

No sooner than I put another bite in my mouth, Buddy Boo FELL OUT OF HIS CHAIR, right on his face. I jumped up, grabbed him, and sat back down to eat my humble pie. Well, my poor baby began bleeding everywhere. Oh, and he was screaming, too… I could see the waitress telling the others, “I tried to tell her…”

Ben was fine after a bit – He did manage to escape with only fat lips and a sore nose, but that was the last time he sat on a booster in a restaurant, unless it could be secured the the chair!

This post was written for Parent Bloggers Network as part of a sweepstakes sponsored by Burger King Corp.


  1. Amanda says

    aww poor guy.

    I too like child freindly reasturants, it’s hard to find good reasturants that cater to young children.

  2. Scott says

    I second Amanda…it is SO hard to find restaurants that are truly family-friendly. And the service at our favorite Red Robin (where we first met, and was mentioned in our wedding, and have taken all the kids even as tiny infants) the service has declined over the years, and yet there’s very little in the way of alternatives.

    And not to sound unsympathetic…but poor little guy. Either of you guys get a little upset about the booster not strapping? I suppose that’s one thing we’ve learned over the years…to voice our unhappiness when warranted.

  3. Lisa~Crazy Adventures in Parenting says

    Oh my goodness, Christine! How do I get a couple of those placemats and triangle crayons???? I don’t see a way to order through those links! Such fabulous ideas!