Multiples and More Question of the Week: Dining Out with Multiples!

Eating out is supposed to be relaxing, right? As my triplets have settled into their lovely “terrific” twos, the prospect of taking them out in public sounds about as relaxing as being the server that has to wait on us. It wasn’t always this way- and hopefully, things will improve as they get older- but we’d love to hear your experiences and opinions about taking your kids out to eat!

This week’s Question of the Week is:
How do you handle taking your multiples out to restaurants?
  • How often do you take your children out to eat, and how old are they?
  • Do you have any tricks for keeping them entertained?
  • Which restaurants do you find are the most family-friendly?
  • How do you handle tantrums in restaurants?
  • Do you ever venture out to restaurants without having extra adults to help out?
  • Do you think it’s better to take your kids out to restaurants, and get them used to the experience, or refrain from eating out until they are old enough to understand the right way to behave?
  • Be honest- do you pick up the cheerios?

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  1. Team Darnell says:

    Taking the boys out to eat was a personal goal from the moment they were born. It was something that in my mind I considered a "normal" activity and therefore was determined to be "normal"… even with three children!

    We started when the boys were 7 months and now that they are 2, we are eating out even more frequently – a few times a month.

    We have (knock on wood) had a relatively positive experience in resturaunts. I contribute our success to more about how we eat at home than how we eat in a resturaunt. Without planning, our at home routine has mirrored eating out. Before I get the boys meal ready, I place them in the table (we had a triplet table). This kept them out of my way when preparing their meal. Because of this, they have always had to 'wait' for their meal at the table. Then, when the meal is over, they stay in the table until I have cleaned everything up. This again was designed to give me the time to clean up without them all over the place. As such, they have been use to sitting at the table (or in the table) for a long time. This has transitioned well to resturaunt eating.

    We have not had to do anything to keep them entertained. We have never brought toys and don't let them color (yet) because they eat the crayons. So, they just sit there like us as we order and wait for the food.

    Last suggestion, and I had a wonderful server do this for us, if you order one meal for the multiples to eat, ask the server to bring it on multiple plates. This was a HUGE life saver when all the meals are delivered at the same time and you have to work to keep hands from grabbing while trying to split up the meal.

    I love the stares when we walk in and then the compliments when the boys are not disruptive.

    Do I pick things up? Kind of. I try to keep our area clean because I want the place to remember the "triplets" as good customers. But, if the boys are ready to go, I leave it, leave an extra tip and apologize to the server for our mess.

  2. Dianna@KennedyAdventures says:

    Oh, my! I had to laugh when I read this question! I cannot WAIT to post the answer, and read everyone else's advice.

  3. MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) says:

    I am hoping that, by taking our girls out to eat on a consistent basis, they'll develop an appreciation for how to behave in a restaurant…at least I hope so!

    And I do actually pick up the Cheerios. Having worked as a waitress through much of school, I just can't help myself. :)

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