We went to a local restaurant tonight with our 2 year old in tow. Everything was going fine – he was content with his book & car. And then they seated a couple with 2 kids (I’m guessing ages 3 & 1) right next to us. I can only assume they’re thinking that if they put kids together they’ll entertain each other – it contains the drama & mess to one area/server, right? Wrong. As soon as they got to their table, our son was more interested in them than in anything else. He wanted to talk to them. He wanted to flirt with the mom & the little girl (seriously – at 2 he’s already a player. *sigh*) He wanted their toys. He wanted to repeat everything they said & did. He wanted their food instead of his own. So, started out as a nice family dinner ended up with us taking turns eating at the table alone(well, really inhaling what we could in an attempt to speed up the process), while the other walked him around to distract him from the other table with kids. And the other kids started acting up & their parents went through the same thing.
So, please – if you own a restaurant or you are a host/ess at a restaurant, remember: Kids should be seated AWAY from other tables with kids. Or offer parents blinders for their kids. You know, like race horses wear. Hmmm…maybe that will be my mom invention that gets me on the Oprah show for moms who become millionairs with their inventions? No?