how do i get my kids to be quiet and act normal in a restuarant?

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Vanessa - posted on 08/30/2011

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im sure alot of us would like the answer to that one lol.. my son will behave perfectly at mcdonalds or any fastt food restuarant because he knows he has to eat first before he can go play in the play room.... but.... when it come to actual restuarants where you sit and order ,then wait for the food he is a mess i cant control him at all . my mother would have taken me to the bathroom and given me a good spanking. i honestly dont want to be that kind of parent. so of course when you find out let me know lol

Nichole - posted on 03/27/2009

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Well my aunt told me this is what they do with her grandchildren. I have tried it a couple of times and some times it works sometimes it doesn't I have an ADHD child so that is why I say sometimes it works.

Tell them when you get in the car make all the noise you want in here. but as soon as we get to the restaurant I want you to sit there and be quiet.

I know that I have a hard time with letting the kids scream and carry on in the car because it really distracts me but if you want to have a nice dinner I am willing to try anything, Hope this helps

Nichole

Joanne - posted on 03/27/2009

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Bring crayons and paper or a coloring book. sometimes restaurants don't have them available.

Sarah - posted on 03/27/2009

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While my son is not yet old enough for this to be an issue (he is only 7 months), I have been a server for the last 8 years and have had a chance to watch plenty of families out to eat :-) I can't tell you specifically what will work, but PLEASE make sure your children are fairly well behaved and not running around the restaurant. One thing I have noticed is that the kids who misbehave the most are the ones whos parents don't try to make them behave. Sadly I have seen many children running crazy and the parents won't say a word to them! This can be VERY dangerous for the kids since there is always people carrying heavy and hot food! Depending on the age of the child, I would recommend explaining to them what is expected of them and possible reward them for good behavior on occasion. I do like the suggestions of leaving if the child is not behaving. I've seen parents simply sit in the car with the problem child for a short period of time and then return and this seems to work wonders, especially if the child knows you will leave with them again if necessary. Good luck!

Kylie - posted on 03/26/2009

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 It’s a good idea to practice at home. Play make believe at dinner time and pretend you are at a restaurant, let the kids order from the menu and wait for their dinner. Let them know this is a special event and good behavior is what is expected. In the car on the way run through what is expected and that if they run scream or throw food they will straight back in the car for time out.



Stay positive and take some quiet activities for them to do while waiting for their meals. My husband and I usually pick restaurants that are kid friendly and have an outdoor area where our daughter can run and socialize with other kids while we can chat and watch her from our table.



Kylie - posted on 03/26/2009

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 It’s a good idea to practice at home. Play make believe at dinner time and pretend you are at a restaurant, let the kids order from the menu and wait for their dinner. Let them know this is a special event and good behavior is what is expected. In the car on the way run through what is expected and that if they run scream or throw food they will straight back in the car for time out.



Stay positive and take some quiet activities for them to do while waiting for their meals. My husband and I usually pick restaurants that are kid friendly and have an outdoor area where our daughter can run and socialize with other kids while we can chat and watch her from our table.



Sarah - posted on 03/26/2009

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with my son, he tried to throw tantrums and such and the first thing i do is scoop him up and head home. you might have to be prepared to go back home, but i only had to do it once! it works anywhere. we were in the middle of shopping for x-mas gifts and he tried to pull a fit, and we left the cart in the middle of the store and left, gifts and all. i never had a problem again. hope this helps.

Adrienne - posted on 03/26/2009

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lol... If you find out let me know. My oldest is 21months and my youngest is 9months exactly today for both. We went to a restuarant since mother's day last year and we only had my oldest then. My youngest was good but the oldest got bored of coloring and was done eating before us. He got up from the table and started to run, he was in the kitchen before I could get him. Next time we are going to try some toys.

Emily - posted on 03/26/2009

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If they are old enough teach them the value of $$$. It helps to start a money jar at home... every time they are good add money (coins) to the bowl, every time they are bad take some away. Tell them that when the bowl is full you will take them shopping for a new toy. When you're out, give them a dollar to stick in their pockets. Tell them if they're good the entire time it goes in the $$ jar, if they're bad they have to give it back. I've been doing this with my 4-year-old for a few months now and it works like a charm!

Jocelyn - posted on 03/26/2009

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ummm....if you find out the answer, can you let me know? lol.  i have one friend who brings along a portable dvd player for her kids...but my husband thinks that's tacky, so I haven't tried it :P

Michelle - posted on 03/26/2009

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depending on how old ur kids are take some toys for them to play with or a colouring in book and if theyre good at the resturant take them out for icecream or something afterwards as a reward.

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