Eating out as a family can be a daunting task for parents whose children have trouble holding attention and are still developing social skills. Fortunately, dining out as a family has some major perks. Below are four benefits to skipping a home cooked meal for a night out with the family.
QUALITY FAMILY TIME
Most families, no matter big or small, have schedules that make it difficult to have family time in the home. Sometimes even dinner becomes a rush. Eating out as a family will force things to slow down, and may also eliminate distractions such as phones, computers and TVs. Families are more likely to have longer, quality conversations during a meal spent out.
Many children are hesitant to try new things, especially food. Restaurants are a wonderful way for little ones to learn flexibility, and keeping an open-mind. If he will not order a new dish for himself, perhaps he’ll take a bite from your dish.
Eating out as a family can become a birthday tradition, a way to celebrate a certain member’s efforts, or a weekly outing. Even budget friendly trips to the ice cream parlor or your local smoothie joint can be enough to start a family tradition.
SOCIAL SKILLS AND MANNERS
Dining out can be great practice ground for children needing to improve their social skills and impulse control. This includes talking to waiters, and other customers as well as waiting patiently for their dishes to be served.
Here at My Menu, we are all about spending quality time with the people you love most while eating the food that makes you the happiest. To learn more about My Menu and the freedom it will give you and your family give us a call or email us through the contact tab above.