This weeks Multiples and More Question of the Week is: How do you handle taking your multiples out to restaurants? Simple. We don't. Ha ha. Ok, we do, just not very often. But that's mostly because of the budget restraints that come with me being a SAHM.
How often do you take your children out to eat, and how old are they? They are 2 years old and we take them out maybe once every 2 months or so. Sometimes more.
Do you have any tricks for keeping them entertained? They are usually just happy to be there, so we really don't have to employ any special tricks. We do try to go early before they get too hungry. And most places we go have crayons, so that works.
Which restaurants do you find are the most family-friendly? Red Robin and our local mexican place (free rice and beans for kids! At least for kids as young as ours).
How do you handle tantrums in restaurants? They sometimes get a bit antsy toward the end and eager to get down and run around, but we've been lucky enough not to have had any full on tantrums--yet. If we did, I would just remove the offender while my husband paid the bill and dealt with the other. And if our meal had just started, we would either just wait for the tantrum to pass (outside) and hopefully resume our meal or if need be, get our food boxed up to go.
Do you ever venture out to restaurants without having extra adults to help out? It's almost always just the 4 of us, so yes.
Do you think it's better to take your kids out to restaurants, and get them used to the experience, or refrain from eating out until they are old enough to understand the right way to behave? I think it's important to expose them to different environments, including restaurants.
Be honest- do you pick up the cheerios? Heck no. But I am constantly picking up crayons, sippy cups, napkins, forks...