Stepping out for dinner with a toddler in hand doesn’t quite seem to be the perfect idea. But just as there’s hope for other things around in the universe, there is a breather guide we’d like you to immerse yourselves into before you even start squirming to the idea. Toddlers need to be understood and like all of us, their needs too have to be paid attention to. It’s not such a bad idea after all! Consider this - you and your partner get to enjoy your dinners out whilst your toddler starts to ‘warm up’ to the idea as well. And who knows, as time passes, he might as just be all calm waters in outdoor surroundings! Hang on, we’re making it sound just too easy. But here’s some heads-up, patience is a virtue and as newly-turned parents you must have major realisation that this is one area where there’s no room for error! So before you train the li’l giant you must know he’s going to find it hard to sit in one place, can turn cranky in the new environment and remember he’s not too enthusiastic either about trying out something new! But there’s an upside too, with taking your toddler out to dine! And that’s having to do with psychological benefits such as favouring flexibility in your toddler’s mind and also developing him, into eating in a new environment besides home and familiarising him with food that’s not prepared by you or your partner. Ready then for this uphill challenge? Alright let’s go!
Here are some guidelines:
Pick the right place
Nothing too fancy, but has got to be family-friendly - a good sign would be one that has got high chairs for the li’l one. Such places are easier for you to comfortably dine in with your child since the place is used to keeping up with off-mood toddler behaviour, whims and fancies and a little child cries here and there wouldn’t be too stressful for their patrons to handle.
Don’t bring him in if he’s in a foul mood
How fair would it be to expect a toddler to behave oddly well, when he’s in a foul mood already? Don’t invite trouble for yourselves by making this mistake! Also, don’t be selfish and take him out forcibly when he’s signalling otherwise, it’ll only ruin the evening for everyone involved.
A good rule of thumb, would be being considerate to his usual sleeping patterns. Make sure you’re heading home after the meal just in time for him to catch his regular napping hours, night or day on days you’re stepping out.