Messy Kids at Restaurants

Should Parents clean up after their Kids in Restaurants?

Posted by Liz Taylor Sep 18, 2014

I give major kudos to any mother with toddlers who regularly lunches with others- particularly if the other party doesn’t have kids. I have to admit, I gave up on meeting friends for lunch months ago as it’s too hard to take my 1 and 2 year old out for a meal without getting flustered. I don’t feel like I can have a true conversation with my friend as I get distracted trying to keep my kids in line (they are toddlers so I know that impatience at this age is 100% normal).  I recently received a question that every mother has thought about: what to do when your kids make a huge mess at a restaurant?

I am a believer that parents should set a good example for their children, and it’s never too early to start. Typical restaurant workers make minimum wage and are rushed to turnover a table for the next guest. So, it’s only good manners to clean up after your kids. I certainly don’t bring a broom and vacuum with me, but its best practice to pick up the big chunks of food, have baby wipes handy and try to tidy around you as much as possible. I also acknowledge the staff and let them know I tried to clean up as much as possible and leave a bigger tip than I normally would when I’m out sans kids.




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