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2013-02-07 04:30:49 PM  
Nice. I wonder if they have a "bratty kid" surcharge?

We always took our kid out to eat. We made him be quiet. We provided books so he would not get bored waiting for the food. He ate everything, and that includes squid. Now when we go out and some kid is squawking he just looks at me, and shakes his head.
 
2013-02-07 05:25:35 PM  

tigerose: Nice. I wonder if they have a "bratty kid" surcharge?

We always took our kid out to eat. We made him be quiet. We provided books so he would not get bored waiting for the food. He ate everything, and that includes squid. Now when we go out and some kid is squawking he just looks at me, and shakes his head.


Awesome.  That sounds like me as a kid (and it continues to today, I'll try anything).

I used to love frogs legs, calamari, etc.

Now, we didn't go out to eat much- and rarely to fancy places, but I'd almost always pick the strangest thing on the menu.
 
2013-02-07 05:26:08 PM  
When I was a kid a we went to restaurants, I was made to clearly understand in advance that if I misbehaved I had a choice: get spanked by my dad in the men's room, or get spanked by my mom in the women's room. It happened exactly once.

Although I suppose if parents did that these days, they could very well find themselves arrested for child abuse?
 
2013-02-07 05:27:46 PM  
This wouldn't be necessary for them if well-behaved children in public was a more regular occurrence.
 
2013-02-07 05:35:49 PM  

downstairs: I used to love frogs legs, calamari, etc.


Heh, my sons too.

It's okay to be annoyed by kids that misbehave, but I'm going to pop some corn to enjoy while I watch this thread devolve into a slew of rants by douchebags that work 50! hours a week and DESERVE the quiet lull of their boring lives because they're paying too much for a crappy steak in a Lone Star.
 
2013-02-07 05:52:28 PM  

OregonVet: downstairs: I used to love frogs legs, calamari, etc.

Heh, my sons too.


I used to live in Chicago too.... Taste of Chicago was my favoritest day ever.
 
2013-02-07 06:00:25 PM  

tigerose: Now when we go out and some kid is squawking he just looks at me, and shakes his head.


That is awesome.
 
2013-02-07 06:06:35 PM  
Wait, someone posted a restaurant receipt and no one got fired?
 
2013-02-07 06:18:28 PM  
I work in a field that deals with the public all the time (retail, but I've also worked food service and lots of other low-wage fields). I don't blame a 4 year old for acting like a 4 year old. Fidgeting and being loud is what they do. I was the same way, as were most people.

What I do blame is the allowance of crappy behavior learned from the parents. Going out to eat does not mean that you get free babysitting, nor should you expect it. A server is not offended if your kid has a gameboy or some crayons to keep themselves entertained because sometimes crap just happens and delays occur. But an assclown parent throwing a fit about something will result in an assclown child.
 
2013-02-07 06:18:54 PM  

downstairs: I used to live in Chicago too.... Taste of Chicago was my favoritest day ever.


My kids love that kind of stuff. Rib-offs or any kind of cook-off too.
 
2013-02-07 06:22:29 PM  
It's so much easier to pacify kids in public these days. Just give them a video game.
 
2013-02-07 07:02:27 PM  

fusillade762: Wait, someone posted a restaurant receipt and no one got fired?


I would be pissed of something I shared private with my friends was posted to Reddit....or anywhere on the internet.
 
2013-02-07 07:02:58 PM  
Of course, reward what should be expected behavior. This is the problem with liberals today.
 
2013-02-07 07:06:03 PM  

OregonVet: downstairs: I used to love frogs legs, calamari, etc.

Heh, my sons too.

It's okay to be annoyed by kids that misbehave, but I'm going to pop some corn to enjoy while I watch this thread devolve into a slew of rants by douchebags that work 50! hours a week and DESERVE the quiet lull of their boring lives because they're paying too much for a crappy steak in a Lone Star.


way to miss the point. you have any clue how dangerous the average restaurant is? bowls of piping hot soup are easily spilled, sharp knives are fun too. servers are trying to quickly serve tables and make customers happy. children running amuck in eateries is dangerous, simple as that.
 
2013-02-07 07:09:53 PM  
Ok kids, before you get in the car to go to the restaurant, here's your benedryl.
 
2013-02-07 07:10:10 PM  

whistleridge: When I was a kid a we went to restaurants, I was made to clearly understand in advance that if I misbehaved I had a choice: get spanked by my dad in the men's room, or get spanked by my mom in the women's room. It happened exactly once.

Although I suppose if parents did that these days, they could very well find themselves arrested for child abuse?


you could probably still find a lawyer willing to take your case.
 
2013-02-07 07:11:23 PM  
When I was little my family was taking a flight to NY. It was myself (~6) and a brother and sister of nearly that age, along with my parents.
When the flight landed an older gentleman seated in front of us turned around and gave each of us kids a dollar bill and said, "Thank you for being so well-behaved on that 5 hour flight".
 
2013-02-07 07:12:36 PM  
Our kids have a good reputation at the restaurants we visit. Last week, when we went to one of our favorites (Hugo's in Houston) to eat at the bar, we were "chastised" for not bringing the kids! And our kids do eat everything - blood sausage, sashimi (they prefer it to sushi, go figure), Their favorite channel is the Cooking Channel and we "play" at doing Chopped baskets at home.

We never get kids meals, with one wonderful exception. Arco D'Oro in Houston has the kids come up and make their own pizzas at the bar - rolling out the dough, sauce, cheeses, any toppings they want. Wish they'd let us do it, too.

Trick seems to be, if you make kids interested in food, they will be interested when you go out for it.
 
2013-02-07 07:15:37 PM  
Remember the Calvin & Hobbes when Mom would name the normal food something really gross so Calvin would eat?  That's the kind of stunts we use on our fussy eaters in public.
 
2013-02-07 07:16:15 PM  
The best reward for having well behaved children is pretty much having well behaved children.  The rest of us may suffer from your child's behavior an hour or two at the restaurant, but you're going to be stuck with them day in and day out for (at least) the better part of two decades.  A discounted meal tab is merely icing on the cake.
 
2013-02-07 07:16:26 PM  

Shrapnel: Of course, reward what should be expected behavior. This is the problem with liberals today.


This. So much of this.
 
2013-02-07 07:16:30 PM  
I'm trying to be sarcastic about this and failing.
 
2013-02-07 07:17:20 PM  

moonscatter: Arco D'Oro in Houston has the kids come up and make their own pizzas at the bar - rolling out the dough, sauce, cheeses, any toppings they want.


This might be the first time I wanted to visit Texas.
 
2013-02-07 07:17:41 PM  

BizarreMan: fusillade762: Wait, someone posted a restaurant receipt and no one got fired?

I would be pissed of something I shared private with my friends was posted to Reddit....or anywhere on the internet.


The woman who wrote that note on the receipt had no expectation of privacy.
 
2013-02-07 07:19:25 PM  

calbert: whistleridge: When I was a kid a we went to restaurants, I was made to clearly understand in advance that if I misbehaved I had a choice: get spanked by my dad in the men's room, or get spanked by my mom in the women's room. It happened exactly once.

Although I suppose if parents did that these days, they could very well find themselves arrested for child abuse?

you could probably still find a lawyer willing to take your case.


I have no problems with it, per se. While I believe strongly in the benefits of positive reinforcement over negative, there's still a time and place for the negative, I think. Certainly, if my mom hadn't put the absolute fear of God in me the time she caught me playing with bobby pins and electrical sockets I might not be here to talk about it today.

On the other hand, I wouldn't want to haul MY kid to the bathroom for a spanking. I'm pretty sure I would be frowned u quite negatively for doing so. And I live in a conservative area. Spanking just...Isn't Done Anymore.
 
2013-02-07 07:19:59 PM  

BizarreMan: fusillade762: Wait, someone posted a restaurant receipt and no one got fired?

I would be pissed of something I shared private with my friends was posted to Reddit....or anywhere on the internet.


The lesson being do not share anything online that you do not expect to be viewed by potentially millions of people.

I MASTURBATED 5 TIMES ON TUESDAY.

See?

That's there forever! Hi Mom!
 
2013-02-07 07:21:33 PM  
I think I would get much, much,,,,much much more satisfaction out of wackin some unruly little brat upside the head than giving someone a discount because their little ungreatful shiat sat and behaved like it was supposed to.
 
2013-02-07 07:21:54 PM  

Shrapnel: Of course, reward what should be expected behavior.


Tipping thread!
 
2013-02-07 07:30:57 PM  
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2013-02-07 07:36:59 PM  
The discount isn't for the kids behaviour, its for the parents making sure they behave.
 
2013-02-07 07:40:04 PM  
Small request. When you take children out to eat and bring some sort of electronic pacifier with you, can you either mute it or keep the volume low? I don't want to hear electronic game noises any more than I want to hear screechy kids through dinner.

/This thread was already derailed anyway.
 
2013-02-07 07:43:30 PM  

Kaenneth: moonscatter: Arco D'Oro in Houston has the kids come up and make their own pizzas at the bar - rolling out the dough, sauce, cheeses, any toppings they want.

This might be the first time I wanted to visit Texas.


Oh man, the place is RIDICULOUS. The family imports everything from Sardinia -- they keep everything as authentic as possible. They bake their own bread and rolls every day, and serve it with olive oil from the family farm. My favorite story was this HUGE blow up in Houston Chronicle -- a man at the restaurant asked for butter to go with bread. They don't serve it with butter, in fact, there is actually no butter in the restaurant. The chef even came out to explain, but he wrote this hugely nasty screed to the Chron, which they published. Restaurant is doing even better now!
 
2013-02-07 07:43:32 PM  
My wife, 3 yo, and I were recently at an ice cream shop.  Two moms sat chatting, oblivious to their three kids running around the place screaming, jumping, tripping, etc.  Like others here,  weu've tried to raise our kid to be respectful in public places.  She held firm and watched them almost like a cartoon.  What I really wanted to do was jump up and start running around the moms' table, screaming, to see if they would ignore that,  too :)

/chickened out
 
2013-02-07 07:45:58 PM  
whatsupchuck:
The best reward for having well behaved children is pretty much having well behaved children.  The rest of us may suffer from your child's behavior an hour or two at the restaurant, but you're going to be stuck with them day in and day out for (at least) the better part of two decades.  A discounted meal tab is merely icing on the cake.

Wise words.

Honestly, if we got dinged with a "sweeping up charge" after we took our 1 year old to a restaurant... I'd kinda understand.  We do tip well, but she can make a real mess sometimes (no, you can't teach a 1 year old not to).  Then again we don't take her anywhere too upscale.  Those nights are what a sitter is for.
 
2013-02-07 07:52:08 PM  
The kids' behavior in public is exactly the behavior expected at home, as the parents pointed out in the article.  Good parents usually have good kids.  And all of us benefit from good parents.
 
2013-02-07 07:52:21 PM  
Another reason for me to beat my kids? I'm down for it.
 
2013-02-07 07:58:55 PM  
I'd be interested in reading an article that helps to shed light on the huge difference between Asia views of acceptable behavior in children and those we have in most of Europea and North America (I don't really now how things are in Central/South American cultures).

My wife, who spent about half of her life working in SE Asian countries, and who is from Japan, gets so frustrated by the attitude of "Westerners" who give her a hard time about our 2-year-old daughter. In SE Asia, people never chastise her. They just expect kids to be loud and energetic. Waitresses will actually play with kids while their parents finish eating.

Having grown up here, with a father who would ask to be reseated if a family with kids sat down nearby, I have to say I can see it from both sides. But it sure is a hell of a lot easire raising a kid in Asia.
 
2013-02-07 08:05:02 PM  
Go to a (non-fast-food) restaurant in France.
Misbehaving children are almost non-existent.

/they don't surrender to their kids, anyway
 
2013-02-07 08:06:31 PM  

laddie03: My wife, 3 yo, and I were recently at an ice cream shop.  Two moms sat chatting, oblivious to their three kids running around the place screaming, jumping, tripping, etc.  Like others here,  weu've tried to raise our kid to be respectful in public places.  She held firm and watched them almost like a cartoon.  What I really wanted to do was jump up and start running around the moms' table, screaming, to see if they would ignore that,  too :)

/chickened out


Dude, I would have paid MONEY to see that. Heck, I might even do it....
 
2013-02-07 08:10:33 PM  

lostcat: I'd be interested in reading an article that helps to shed light on the huge difference between Asia views of acceptable behavior in children and those we have in most of Europea and North America (I don't really now how things are in Central/South American cultures).

My wife, who spent about half of her life working in SE Asian countries, and who is from Japan, gets so frustrated by the attitude of "Westerners" who give her a hard time about our 2-year-old daughter. In SE Asia, people never chastise her. They just expect kids to be loud and energetic. Waitresses will actually play with kids while their parents finish eating.

Having grown up here, with a father who would ask to be reseated if a family with kids sat down nearby, I have to say I can see it from both sides. But it sure is a hell of a lot easire raising a kid in Asia.


There IS a normal amount of noise and rambunctiousness that is to be expected from children. Still, Amuck Time needs to be curtailed in some settings.
 
2013-02-07 08:14:01 PM  

laddie03: My wife, 3 yo, and I were recently at an ice cream shop.  Two moms sat chatting, oblivious to their three kids running around the place screaming, jumping, tripping, etc.  Like others here,  weu've tried to raise our kid to be respectful in public places.  She held firm and watched them almost like a cartoon.  What I really wanted to do was jump up and start running around the moms' table, screaming, to see if they would ignore that,  too :)

/chickened out


You should have! The parents would have no clue why you're doing that, but the kids would probably immediately understand that you're mocking their behavior.
I'll bet those two moms say things like "My child is my whole world" and "My child goes everywhere with me."
 
2013-02-07 08:25:27 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: BizarreMan: fusillade762: Wait, someone posted a restaurant receipt and no one got fired?

I would be pissed of something I shared private with my friends was posted to Reddit....or anywhere on the internet.

The lesson being do not share anything online that you do not expect to be viewed by potentially millions of people.

I MASTURBATED 5 TIMES ON TUESDAY.

See?

That's there forever! Hi Mom!



WOW, I haven't been able to do that for 30 years.
 
2013-02-07 08:27:14 PM  

Shrapnel: Of course, reward what should be expected behavior. This is the problem with liberals today.


Shut up, Shrapnel, you cock.
 
2013-02-07 08:28:17 PM  

fusillade762: Wait, someone posted a restaurant receipt and no one got fired?


Customer posted their own receipt. Different story.
 
2013-02-07 08:33:49 PM  
I don't have kids so I can't chime in on how to raise them. I don't mind kids being kids at restaurants so long as it's not incessant screaming and/or kids running around. Otherwise I'm good.
 
2013-02-07 08:34:43 PM  
CSB

When my bro & I were 6 & 8 respectively, we were in IHOP with my parents having breakfast. At the end of the meal, the waiter came over to tell us that the other patrons wanted to compliment them on how well behaved my bro & I were. My parents said they were shocked that the other patrons would make that effort. We were always well behaved in public. We brought things to do to amuse ourselves because we knew we had to be quiet.  My parents were calm but firm about how we were to behave.

//IHOP sucks
 
2013-02-07 08:38:59 PM  
I have on many occasions had older men compliment my parenting after sitting near us ina restaurant. I get the oh God sigh when we sit down. I have 5 kids 14-3. Then when they are leaving they normally say something close to " when you were seated I was going to ask to be moved. Then I was pleasantly surprised that your children were well behaved." Cracks me up. What a weird compliment. Children behaving should be the norm, not the exception.
 
2013-02-07 08:39:24 PM  

Shrapnel: Of course, reward what should be expected behavior. This is the problem with liberals today.


book it.  done
 
2013-02-07 08:59:20 PM  
What annoys me more than kids is just the general noise level in eateries and bars. I'd love to have a conversation without trying to convince the people I'm trying to listen to to yell so I can hear them.

// Yes, I've had my hearing checked, and they say it is normal "for someone my age". They started adding the qualifier about 10 years ago.
// I can hear hummingbirds hum and "chatter", and most people my age can't. I can even identify species by the sound.
// Yes, that's an onion neatly knotted onto my belt.
 
2013-02-07 09:16:16 PM  

Shrapnel: Of course, reward what should be expected behavior. This is the problem with liberals today.


Of course, believing that punishing is righteous and rewarding good behavior is a weakness. This is the problem with conservatives today.
 
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