Thankfully, I have no children to travel with and when I do travel I try to find places to eat where there won’t be too many children. I love kids as long as they are well behaved, but sadly, most children in restaurants are allowed to run amok. I’m sorry to say this ruins my dining experience. I expect it at McD’s, etc, but not regular sit down restaurants. If I had acted the way a lot of children today act in public, I would have been sitting alone in the car while my mom enjoyed her meal in peace!
"…she said "Grandma, let’s not go to one of those places where the tourists go."
Very smart kids…
I too do not equate fast food with chains
I guess you are seeing something that I am missing on this forum. I have seen no one attacking chains here (incidentally, I consider fast foods as different than chains but because other people here do not seem to see the difference, I will defer). A question was asked and people are responding in kind.
The question is quite a bit different than what you are talking about.
It’s fun to watch people go after the chain restaurants here. I would say that the majority of the fast-food chains that I’ve been to are relatively cleaner than a sampling of independently owned local joints. in the area of Chicago where I work, I’d be much more comfortable eating at a chain place than some of the low quality independents that are in the area.
Thank you for the hug, we felt it and appreciate it more than you know.
A big hug back to you. Good people here.
Fieldthistle, if there was a way to send a hug, I would, a big one to your whole family.
I have two children, now 18(girl) 16(boy). My son is seriously autistic, and we learnt early that his behavior upset people at sit-down food establishment. When he was hungry, he wanted food now. So, when going out we usually have to go fast food,(his favorite is McDonald’s because he loves their fries). As he has gotten older, his behavior is much better, but still in a road food or fancier establishment, the stares and glares forbid us from going there with him. I am not noble, sometimes my son embarrassess me no matter how much I love him, and I love him more than any words can express, more than the tears I am shedding as I write this can show.
The wife and I will go out alone, with the daughter babysitting brother, or I will take my daughter out for a special father/daughter treat.
It took me a long time to not resent seeing other parents having a good time eating out with their children, whether fast food or just a good, sit-down establisment.
I have matured enough to be glad that normal families are having a good time together; and still envy them but now without resentment.
We, all, want eating out to be a wonderful experience. So do your children. It is a special thing, I believe. So, why make it a test or trial in which you separate yourselves from your children and judge them?
A meal should be an enjoyable communion where food unites individuals over a common need: eating and talking. Everyone, regardless of age, sex, etc., needs and should enjoy eating. Why be so uptight over eating with children? We always seem to take a good prospect and find a way to make it stressful and imperfect. Time to enjoy life, people.
While my son will only eat fast food outside of our family meals, my daughter is a lover of adventure. She is joy to hit roadfood places with.
The wife is a bit snobby about roadfood. The daughter is away at college, so now, I must solo the few times I am able to hit roadfood places. But when we get together, it is great venturing out.
So, folks, enjoy whatever experiences you have with your kids when you can.
And I don’t know what to say to those who get upset at kids at eating establishments…they are little people that I think we judge a little more harshly because they are..little people and we are bigger.
Fact is—it really is impossible to keep a playground"clean"–no matte how hard you try—its not that there ARE germs–its the CONCENTRATION levels—-and your right about "Cleandirt"—its really a term that is used—-btw—as a Horticulture major—-Soil—the loose friable surface of the earth that supports and sustains plant life!—Dirt—the stuff that gets on you when you work with soil![:I]
This is exactly what our pediatrician told us. I erred in pointing out the filty dirty socks……….I WAS trying to point out that these places are not kept clean. Thank you for posting so much.
My grandchildren go camping, go down to the small river and look for tadpoles, bring home creatures, and everything else that children love to do and I do not mind "clean dirt" in the least.
on this-"Clean" thing—i worked in Park and rec for 17 years—in maintainence and janitorial–and let me tell ya—there is a lot of difference between the :dirt" picked up by kids playing in a creek–or ANY natual stting–ie beach sand etc—and the "dirt" they pick up in a "Playground" enviorment–trust me—the bacteria and such that will pick up in nature is nothing!!!–however- what they are exposed to in playgrounds is another ball game—indoor play grounds—along with drinking fountains and kids bathrooms–are second only to hospitals when it comes to harmful bacteria!!! Ive taken part in and read LOTS of stuff on playground safety and let me tell ya—the condition of and types of the equipment can make a difference—but MOST of the health risk is from the stuff that kids leave ON it when they congregate—ask any teacher—as a group–folks that work with kids get way more infections and colds then the normal population—so if you are REALLY concerned about thier haveing a good time as well as eating–you are better off getting the food—even if it is a Happy meal and GOING TO THE CREEK SIDE TO EAT IT and play there! I have seen the results of tests done in labs on fountaind and play equipment the we CLEANED and disenfecdted regularly and it amazes me that ANY of us survive! I am NOT one that belives that every thin and every one should be disinfected all thime–its probably not very safe and healthful—but the odds of a kid getting sick from a playground at a restaraunt are WAY higher then those at a woodland or beach setting—trust me–thiose lab results are SCARY!!
I keep their shoes next to me while I sit and watch them. 🙂
I, too, used to turn my boys loose in the "human habitrails" for the same reasons cited by TJ. That practice lost its charm when someone stole my youngest’s shoes from the rack. It’s not that they took the wrong ones, leaving theirs behind. My two guys were the last to leave and there was only 1 pair of shoes!
The victim of the theft survived the trauma of going barefoot to Payless to replace his shoes and has now been on a ten-year quest to find the best chicken fried steak. (so far, it’s The Big Texan in Amarillo)
To answer the original question: No, I endeavour to raise jr. roadfooders. Instilling in them that, when travelling, one never eats at a place one could eat at back home. It is now a competition to see who finds the best place on each trip.
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