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Finding the perfect kid-friendly restaurant is like hitting the jackpot for most parents. Getting everyone fed and all on a budget can be a challenge. Some tips to make it a successful outing from former waitress Monica Fite and veteran Dad Patrick Mauro make it easier to venture out with the Littles in tow.

Deliberately select a noisy location. Restaurants that are more of a diner environment are designed to be kid friendly and tend to mask the louder noises little ones can make as they adjust to the rules of venturing outside of the home.

Eat out early enough you can avoid a meltdown. Mauro recalls a time when his daughter was little that they waited too late to go out to eat. “By the time the food came, we were all upset and just took it all to go,” he said.

Take something for entertainment. Fite suggests taking a coloring book you only use when you are at a restaurant. It becomes a special item that they look forward to using and it keeps them away from screens.

Know when to go. Eating out is only fun if everyone in the restaurant is enjoying themselves. If your little one is obviously crying for longer than a minute it is time to pick up and go.

Tips for a successful meal out

Finding the perfect kid friendly restaurant is like hitting the jackpot for most parents. Getting everyone fed and all on a budget can be a challenge. Some tips to make it a successful outing from former waitress Monica Fite and veteran Dad Patrick Mauro make it easier to venture out with the Littles in tow.

Deliberately select a noisy location. Restaurants that are more of a diner environment are designed to be kid friendly and tend to mask the louder noises little ones can make as they adjust to the rules of venturing outside of the home.

Eat out early enough you can avoid a meltdown. Mauro recalls a time when his daughter was little that they waited too late to go out to eat. “By the time the food came, we were all upset and just took it all to go.”

Take something for entertainment. Fite suggests taking a coloring book you only use when you are at a restaurant. It becomes a special item that they look forward to using and it keeps them away from screens.

Know when to go. Eating out is only fun if everyone in the restaurant is enjoying themselves. If your little one is obviously crying for longer than a minute it is time to pick up and go.

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