Once upon a time dining out used to be a weekly event, heck sometimes it happened a few times a week. My husband and I would take our time, order an appie and even a dessert to share, we would sit and talk about life, hold hands across the table and simply enjoy one another’s company. Now it doesn’t really happen that way anymore. Most of our dining out is when our son is at his grandparents or its done at family friendly facilities (like Denny’s) with Aunty Kat and her daughter. Purses which contained a wallet, lipstick, and a mirror have been traded in for diaper bags which contain, diapers, wipes, crayons, an extra shirt, a book, 2 car toys, a construction working, a juice box, sippy cup, a small bead puzzle, and a Ziploc bag assorted with fishy crackers, animal crackers, and fruit snacks.
At our latest outing we talked about the Pizza parlour which had made the news saying that crying children must be escorted outside, I would understand if the place wasn’t child friendly but it goes without saying that you should keep your children in check and make sure they’re not flying off the handle, on the other hand they are ONLY children and patience is needed when they start getting antsy. I fully believe that restaurants should offer a rush on children’s food so that it comes out first (like an appetizer) since I find that kids get antsy because they’re hungry and impatient, that way they can eat and you don’t have to entertain the full time, I find most kids take forever to eat anyways and are usually the LAST ones eating as they pick at their food and dip their fingers in the ketchup and then eat that.
Either way I think society sometimes expects too much out of children, yes they should act accordingly but can you really get upset with a toddler or baby whom is crying? Is it really that huge of a deal that a child is expressing their emotions that they are upset or distressed when later in life all we want them to do is express themselves?