Article: “For best behavior, prepare kids in advance for restaurant outings” (May 2006)

excerpt:
"Does your idea of a family dinner out include an indoor play area and several kiddie orders of french fries? Many parents give up on going out to eat anywhere other than fast-food restaurants because it’s just too much trouble to wait for a table, make it through the ordering ordeal and then listen to kids complain about wanting to leave.

It doesn’t have to be that way. With a little planning and some ingenuity, your family can have an enjoyable dining experience…"

source: "For best behavior, prepare kids in advance for restaurant outings" by Janel C. Atlas and Lillian Hogan (Asheville Citizen-Times, May 15, 2006)

There are many links regarding children's manners at a restaurant, here are a few to get you started:

How can I teach my child appropriate manners for a restaurant or other public place (Parent Center)
Nine Steps to Good Table Manners (FamilyEducation.com)
Teach kids restaurant etiquette (Tennessean.com)

If you have other links or resources to add to this, please let us know here or at our forums.

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