Taking kids to restaurants

Children spend more time in restaurants today than any previous generation of children ever did. Creative parenting expert Nikki Bush shares her 10 Commandments for taking children to restaurants so that everyone has a happy experience.

Bush says containing children in foreign spaces such as restaurants can be a challenge. She adds that because children are curious, they will want to explore a new environment. That means we have to take precautions as parents.

We have to be very aware of where we are taking our kids.

Nikki Bush, creative parenting expert

We need to be checking out the toilets, where the escape hatch is. If the child has a meltdown, what are you going to do? Have that in your mind even before you sit down.

Nikki Bush, creative parenting expert

We have to attentive and on purpose as parents says Bush. She goes on to say that if a parent is distracted and not emotionally present, children will feel insecure. Bush suggests the art of distraction if you don't feel comfortable with your children playing at a kiddies section in a restaurant.

10 Commandments for taking children to restaurants

  1. Feed your child a small snack before arriving at the restaurant (a hungry child is a fractious child)

  2. Keep juice/water on hand (a thirsty child is an irritable child)

  3. Order the children’s food with your drinks order (we know that young children don’t have much patience)

  4. If there is bread on the table, allow your child to butter a piece (it keeps them occupied and is good for developing fine motor control – pre-writing skills)

  5. Let your child play with a small piece of playdough on a side plate with a fork (it’s fascinating and a great distraction while you wait for food to arrive)

  6. Drawing or colouring-in is always fun. Find small activity books and crayons you easily take with you wherever you go. (Often children don’t like the broken crayons supplied by restaurants)

  7. Play a perceptual game with your child eg, a picture matching game like snap for younger children, or a card game like UNO for older children (by playing with them you engage their attention and keep them in their seats for longer)

  8. Don’t make a big fuss about things, rather divert your child’s attention to something else

  9. Be in control – be firm but proactive (if your child is having a meltdown you need to firmly pick them up and go and find a new space where they can calm down, such as walking out side to see the koi fish in the pond, or go for a slide in the jungle gym area)

  10. If there are two adults you may need to take turns eating and attending to your children, especially if they are small (doing timeshare is normal – this too shall pass!)

  11. Make sure there is a blanket and pillow in the car. You can usually find a corner somewhere to lay down a tired child (better your child takes a nap that runs amok in the restaurant trying to keep themselves awake).

Follow Nikki Bush's blog here:

Listen to the parenting feature in the clip:


This article first appeared on 702 : Taking kids to restaurants


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
The importance of teaching children how to make choices

The importance of teaching children how to make choices

Creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush, talks about teaching children how to make choices in life and why this is so important.

Plastic surgery apps may affect your child's body image

Plastic surgery apps may affect your child's body image

Parenting expert Nikki Bush explains why parents should be aware they are not the only ones shaping their child's body image.

Winter school holiday family fun away from a screen

Winter school holiday family fun away from a screen

Phemelo Motene chats to creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush about how to have fun with children in the winter school holidays.

Volunteerism, community service and kids

Volunteerism, community service and kids

Aubrey Masango and creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush chat about the importance of volunteerism and community service for teens

 YouTube child celebrity culture

YouTube child celebrity culture

702's Phemelo Motene chats to creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush about Youtube child celebrity culture.

Dads by Design: Why fathers are becoming more involved with their children

Dads by Design: Why fathers are becoming more involved with their children

Nikki Bush shares insight into the modern dad's role and the benefits of fathers being well-bonded to their children.

The changing world of work and how it will impact on our children

The changing world of work and how it will impact on our children

Phemelo Motene chats to creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush about the changing world of work and our children.

What's the fuss about fidget spinners?

What's the fuss about fidget spinners?

702's Phemelo Motene chats to parenting expert Nikki Bush pros and cons of fidget spinners and why schools are banning them.

"Make your children aware of stranger danger"

"Make your children aware of stranger danger"

With over 19 child murders in Cape Town alone, parenting expert Nikki Bush explains the importance of parents talking to kids.

Creative Parenting: Early learning through play

Creative Parenting: Early learning through play

Phemelo Motene chats to creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush about why learning through play is important.  

Popular articles
News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

A News24 investigation has exposed how some of South Africa's biggest companies have been advertising on fake news websites.

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

Anton Fourie says he used his phone to record the interaction to create awareness of what is going on in the community.

Zondi tells court that she had to 'look happy' in church out of fear for Omotoso

Zondi tells court that she had to 'look happy' in church out of fear for Omotoso

Cheryl Zondi is testifying against Pastor Timothy Omotoso who is accused of rape and human trafficking in his Durban church.

Woman alleges pastor Omotoso began sexually abusing her at 14

Woman alleges pastor Omotoso began sexually abusing her at 14

Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso and his two co-accused face multiple charges, including human trafficking, racketeering and rape.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.