Tips for dining out with kids? Please share – Frazzled moms want to know, More Tips for dining out with Toddlers

The Good Friends Question of the Day: Tips for dining out with kids?  Please share – Frazzled moms want to know or call 1-800-944-8443!

Table for Three: Tips for Dining Out with Toddlers: It requires patience & planning – these tips may help

  1. Choose the Right Establishment: You don’t have to limit yourself to fast food, but do pick a place that’s family-friendly. Look for restaurants with a children’s menu and high chairs — and most important, where they’re used to a little (or a lot of) noise and mess.
  2. Never Take a Tired Toddler Out: Talk about a recipe for disaster! When you make your reservation, plan around your child’s regular sleep schedule. If he typically naps at 1 p.m., an early dinner is a much better idea than lunch at noon.
  3. Bring Supplies: When my own son was a toddler and we were getting ready for a restaurant meal, my husband always joked, “Do you have your bag of tricks?” But it was no laughing matter — it worked! Finger puppets, sheer scarves for peekaboo, and sorting toys that fit on a high-chair tray are all great for keeping little kids occupied.
  4. Don’t Get Too Comfortable: “Twenty minutes in a high chair is about all you can reasonably expect from a toddler,” Post warns. (More active kids may not even last that long.) After that, you or your partner will probably have to take your kid for a walk before he can sit quietly again. Fortunately, taking a quick jaunt outside is like pressing the ‘refresh’ button.”
  5. Pick Your Plate ASAP: If you want time to actually eat your meal before a tantrum sets in, place your order as quickly as possible. You might think it’s helpful to order your kid’s meal first, but that tactic can backfire in the likely scenario that she finishes eating before your food even arrives — and then she’ll need something to occupy her while you eat. A better plan: Order together (don’t be shy about asking the waiter to put a rush on it) and offer your kid some favorite snacks you’ve brought from home, which should keep them satisfied until the meal comes.
  6. Respect Other Diners: Even if you’re at an inexpensive family restaurant, other customers have the right to enjoy a meal in relative peace. If your child is getting restless or agitated, cart him out of the restaurant to settle down. If he still becomes loud and rowdy at the table, apologize to nearby folks as you walk out (you’ll be surprised how many will give an empathetic “been there”nod). And don’t forget to tip generously if you’ve left a mess behind.
  7. Be Prepared To Leave: Even the most well-planned meal can turn into a complete dining disaster. Take your food to go, put your child to sleep in his crib, and then enjoy your meal at home — preferably by candlelight.

Have Dessert, Has God ever Tested You, Cute Video – Twins Chat,

Power Thoughts
1. “Did you know stressed is desserts spelt backwards … so just eat some chocolate and relax ”
2. “Your success is determined by who you chose to believe or ignore.” Facebook posted from Tammy
3. “There is a choice you make in everything you do, and in the end, the choice you make, MAKES YOU. We all are the sum of the choices each of us has made.”

The Good Friends Question of the Day:   Has God ever tested your faith when it comes to giving? What happened? Please Like Comment & Share! – or call 1-800-944-8443!

6 Extreme Saving Tips You Can Use Now: Here are six ways you can start saving while also improving your quality of life.

  • Don’t spend more than $30 on any item of clothing. While you’ll probably need to make some exceptions, such as for a winter jacket, the vast majority of your wardrobe can be purchased on the cheap. Estimated savings: $200 a month or more.
  • Party at home. Game nights have soared in popularity recently instead of an expensive night out on the town invite people over for potlucks which means you get to spend time with friends for a fraction of the cost . Estimated savings: $100 a month and up.
  • Give coupons instead of gifts.  Giving the gift of your time in the form of a coupon to take your mom to a museum, or out for tea, can be far more meaningful than buying that cashmere sweater. Estimated savings: $25 a month or more.
  • Substitute fancy dinners with cheap date nights. Dining by candlelight at the most exclusive restaurant in town might seem romantic, but the bill can put a damper on those loving feelings. Instead, try these ideas: Sketch portraits of each other. Take dance lessons. Have a picnic. Go to a lecture or performance at your local college. Watch a model rocket launch. Estimated savings: $200 a month and up.
  • Turn your freezer into your very own “fast-food restaurant.” Make their own breakfast, lunch, and dinners and rarely eat out. Estimated savings: $400 a month and up.
  • Eat before you go to restaurants. Snack before meeting up with friends at night so you can bypass the pricey entrees at restaurants, opting for cheaper appetizers instead. Estimated savings: $100 a month or more.
  • With these techniques, you’ll have fun hosting parties, holding cheap date nights, and inventing new meals and gift coupons, while putting a lot more money in the bank. Total Savings: At least $1,000 a month.

Twin baby boys have a conversation. This is part 2.