Diner Disasters – It’s Not Just My Kids Who Misbehave in Cafes, Is It?

Oh dear, the pictures tell a thousand words each. Not an eating out success. Linking to Wordless Wednesday over at My Little Drummer Boys, pop over!

 PLEASE don’t tell me your children are dining out angels!! 

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  1. So funny!….in a’ that’s happened to us before’ kind of way! I hope you had a chance to squeeze a coffee in there somehow!!

  2. Ah, I can see the need for BIG school…how did they go??? How did you go??? Love these pics by the way!!

    • They are zooming off to school very cheerfully in the mornings, whew. They want me to drop them off at the gate and drive away… but I refuse! They will be six in May so they were well and truly ready for school. me too. popping over for a visit!

  3. Oh no…I so know that feeling.

  4. Hehehe…

    I wish i could say my kids were dining out angels,
    but truthfully there ‘very’ far from it!

    Loving your pics.

  5. Theres is something about a cup of coffee that makes me misbehave can’t really blame him hehe

  6. Nope I refuse to lie – mine can be right little shits when we go out to dinner :) xx

    • I can’t tell you how delighted I am to hear that!! Why do we bother, I often ask myself… that’s why the really child-friendly places are gold for us… the ones beside playgrounds and with indoor playcentres like the Belrose Hotel which is handily close.

  7. Dining out is a hideous experience with young children. I thought it would get better now they are older (15 and 12 for gods sake) but found myself blogging about last weeks eating out experience because it still remains a pain a butt. Although admittedly not as horrific as when they were tiny. Good on you for trying.

  8. Angels?! Ha, mine are so devilish that I rarely take them anywhere then I forget about how bad they were last time and try again only to regret it:)

    • Oh I am SO glad to hear it, Annabel. Two of mine are really pretty hyper at the best of times. The table manners of some are… challenged. I’m very good when I go out to eat though. I could take myself anywhere.

  9. Kids do have a hard time at cafes and restaurants, but in my experience it really is do-able. I’d say “expect trouble at first, but take heart!” What really worked for our family was “dropping the hammer” a couple times – just getting up and leaving (paying first, natch) when behaviour was too crap for us (and other diners!) to enjoy our/themselves. The kids were very disappointed to miss out on a nice cafe meal, and believe me, it made an impression. Now when we say “If you don’t behave, we’re leaving”, they believe it.

    Good luck – it’s worth it I think to get kids able to deal with these situations, otherwise we all miss out on some fun times – possibilities for good eating, changes of scenery, and not having any washing up to do! ;-)

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