There have been recent reports that eating out at restaurants with teenage kids can be challenging for parents however it is worth the effort. There are many people who are doing this to enhance their family bonds and they have been really successful in the endeavor. Nowadays you will find that kids have become uncontrollable and they refuse to listen to you. Regular dining out at restaurants in this technological age helps you connect with one another and reduce the distance that you develop when you are looking for a constructive way to connect and reach out to your kids.
Robert Sambol owner of one of the most popular and well-loved restaurant joints at Trinity Groves in Dallas says that when you are dining out with kids, you often notice that they tend to become more flexible and open to life. For example, when you are eating out with kids, you will find that they rarely order new dishes. Here, you need to encourage them to take a bite from your dish. They often like the idea of experimenting. They become more flexible towards their approach at eating out and later towards life. With the passage of time, they will look at the menu and start ordering new things- most of them they will enjoy!
He further adds that the current work and life schedules do not allow everyone to have their meals at home. In fact, the family members may have different timings and getting them all at the dining table is a hard task. Moreover, even if you do, dinner- time may often be a very hurried and rushed affair. It is important for you to take out distraction-free dinner- time and have everyone at the restaurant relax to enjoy their meals. There are hardly distractions like the phone or the pets to pull you away from the table. Moreover, eating out every week can be lively family traditions.
Eating out with the kids can be a small treat or celebration for them. This can be a way of acknowledging their efforts. They also feel pampered and wanted. This goes a very long way in enhancing family ties and bonds. Just by going out, you will give them the praise that their efforts at school, the art class, dance class etc are being noticed and appreciated too! Mr. Sambol is happy when he sees family coming to his restaurant on a regular basis. He says that the most important thing that parents and kids share is quality time together and he is happy giving it to them!
Robert Sambol also adds that kids that have issues with social skills and self-control will also learn the importance of good manners and conversation when they dine out. This also includes their capacity to interact with the staff. They become patient as they wait for the waiter to bring the food to the table. In this manner they are able to control their impulse and improve their social skills as well.