Deal a Meal: Kiddie Style
I am not a cook. In fact if given the choice between eating out or cooking, eating at a restaurant wins hands down. On average, we eat out with the children about once per week. Finding a restaurant offering a free kids meal or a kid-friendly menu is important to this Mom on the Run.
After 12 years of eating out with children at restaurants, I can tell you what to look for and what to avoid. You only have to take your 6-month-old to a Colonial tavern in Williamsburg, VA, to know what restaurants will work for your family. A crying 6-month-old is ill-suited to the formality of a fancy restaurant — just ask the strolling fiddle player. My children are much more likely to be calm and well-behaved in a restaurant that offers a children’s menu with crayons and familiar food, for instance, Chick-Fil-a.
Whether I am shopping with the children or traveling with my family, it is important to me to find a restaurant or fast food place that will serve food my kids will eat. There is nothing worse than driving to a restaurant, parking your car, and finally perusing the menu, only to realize that the restaurant does not serve food your children will eat. As we all know children generally have a smaller range of food that they are willing to eat than adults. If you don’t believe me, just take your child to an authentic Italian restaurant where you will have to translate the menu to find something that your child will.
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