Eating Out with Kids

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Eating Out with Kids

Hi. My name is Laurie Taylor. My husband Max and I have four children all under the age of twelve. One of the things we enjoy doing as a family is having a night out eating at a restaurant. You are probably thinking, "They enjoy eating at restaurants with four young children?" Yes, it can prove to be a challenge at times, but for the most part we have found ways to keep the children happy, and we all have a great time. There have been many times when other patrons have come up to us and comment on how well behaved our children are. I would like to share some of the ways we make eating out as a family an enjoyable experience for all. From toddler to Daddy, everyone has a lovely evening.


Looking To Dine In? Try A Family-Style Restaurant

Eating together is more fun than eating alone. Sharing a meal with family and friends allows you to have meaningful conversations over delicious dishes, forming memories that can last forever. Here are some reasons to visit a dine-in family-style restaurant the next time you and your family are looking for somewhere to eat:

1. Enjoy a full meal. 

A full meal with many courses is one of life's simple pleasures. However, those with small appetites may not be able to eat full-size appetizers, entrees, and desserts on their own. Family-style dining gives you the opportunity to share each dish with your dining companions. Everyone can take as much or as little food as they wish, so even people with small appetites can sample many different dishes. You can enjoy appetizers, soup, salad, entrees, and dessert without feeling overstuffed at the end of the meal.

2. Sit down in a relaxing, family-friendly environment.

When people are busy, it can be difficult to find time to sit down for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. However, eating with loved ones is a prime opportunity to bond, and relaxing during your meal can improve your digestion and prevent stomach upset. Dine-in family restaurants are designed to accommodate families and friends while they share a meal together. A family-friendly atmosphere will ensure that everyone at your table feels comfortable, from kids to senior citizens.

3. Introduce your kids to new flavors.

Many kids are picky eaters as they haven't yet had the chance to refine their palates. One of the best ways to get picky eaters to try new things is to share new foods together in a low-stakes environment. Family-style dining will give kids the opportunity to see their parents enjoying different types of foods. Many kids wish to be more mature, and trying the same foods as their parents can help them feel more grown up. Family-style dining also allows kids to try new things with minimal risk. If kids don't like the taste of a certain dish, they can always enjoy the more familiar foods on the table.

4. Avoid fridge-cluttering leftovers.

It's common for restaurants to serve large individual portions that many people can't finish in a single sitting. This can lead to food waste or leftovers that can clutter your refrigerator. Eating family-style means that there are other diners there to help you finish your meal, which is great news for people who prefer not to take home leftovers.