A Tricky Restaurant Visit

Yesterday we went to a fairly posh hotel for Sunday lunch for my mother in laws birthday. Even with a fussy eater like Little Man in tow I was fairly optimistic about the afternoon ahead of us. The restaurant staff had told us that we could request something specific for Little Man as they didn’t have a kids menu. We chose chicken pasta for him. Pasta is the only food that I can normally get him to eat at dinner times. All good I thought.

When will I learn that the words complacency and parenting do not go together.

A Tricky Restaurant Visit

We arrived early and Little Man sat nicely in the bar area behaving himself and keeping himself entertained. Once we had sat down for dinner he started to say he didn’t want any food. I still didn’t worry too much as I knew pasta was on it’s way. The pasta arrived, it looked really nice, Little Man didn’t agree. He was dead set. He was not going to eat it. He sat on my lap for the whole time and moaned and whinged. He does struggle with his confidence and certain situations do make him uneasy so I think this had something to do with it. I also think the threenager came out to play.

Until ice cream was mentioned. Now, I am a bit of a strict one when it comes to this. He didn’t eat his dinner so to me he shouldn’t have any nice puddings. However, to try and ease the situation as it wasn’t just the 3 of us I allowed it. He was a very happy child then! Argh!! So crafty!!!

He ended the afternoon as he had started, in a good mood. 4 hours later and I was wrung out and ready to cry! I don’t even have any photos as it was so stressful!!

Have you had an experience like this?


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  • A Cornish Mum
    17/02/2016 at 07:30

    I remember these days well 😉 we used to only eat in places we knew did kids food with a few choices one of my sons liked after an experience very similar to yours … I think like you say though it’s the new place that affects them more than the food. I’m pretty strict with the dessert thing too, but it’s always so much more awkward when out in public and someone else offers them it ha!
    I still have fussy eaters and I still end up only eating in family friendly places with them …. but we save the nicer places for just the two of us anyway, a good excuse for a date night 😉
    Stevie xx
    P.S just be pleased unlike a lot of 3 year old he sat on your lap and didn’t run havoc 😉
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    • Mummy in Training
      24/02/2016 at 09:40

      That’s true, it is nice to keep the nicer places as somewhere to go as a couple xx

  • Natalie Ray
    18/02/2016 at 22:25

    Oh dear! My girls luckily will eat anything but I have total sympathy for you, for us it’s not food but there is always something where they insist on getting their own way and we either give in or have a public meltdown – such a big decision! Today, we went to a lovely restaurant for lunch. All went swimmingly until they gave the girls some lollies when they gave us the bill. The lollies were hard and Lia isn’t two yet, we just don’t risk giving her things like that because of the choking risk. We ended up carrying her out of there in floods of tears, such a sad way to end a lovely lunch.x

    • Mummy in Training
      24/02/2016 at 09:43

      Eek nightmare!! xx


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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

I’m an anxiety sufferer, list writer and secret chocolate eater.

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