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

"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 (
Teach kids restaurant etiquette (

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