Eating out is always fun for kids, I like it because it means I get a chance to sit and chat with my son while we wait for our food, rather than doing all the work in the kitchen while he waits, or watches. But eating out in public with kids sometimes goes wrong, they’re not the most patient beings and have a tendancy to throw hissy fits at the most awkward moments. I am often annoyed by other people’s children playing up while I am trying to eat, and keeping my own child under control in public isnt always easy.
Yesterday, during an afternoon on the seafront with a friend, we stopped at a lovely seaside cafe and had to keep two four year olds occupied whilst ordering and waiting for food. They tried playing “Who can make the most noise with their feet on the wooden benches” and “Lets call each other names which include the word “bum”. Not the best activities for public places with groups of elderly people eating lunch, so we made up some new ones: “Name everything pictured on the menu”, “Who can stir their drink the fastest and make the most bubbles” and a particular favourite “Line up the condiments in size order and see which is tallest”.
Tomato Ketchup, in case you were wondering.