We had family pop by late on Sunday afternoon; they stayed for a cuppa and a play. All too soon it was 6pm and when they left I realised I hadn't thought about dinner. At all.
PK was at work, so the girls and I decided to pop down the road for some sushi.
I love doing the sushi thing with the girls. In fact, since they were little, we've found this to be the best introduction to eating out with them. It's quick, it's visually appealing and it's healthy. The kids pick and choose from the train; with minimal fuss. We always order some dumplings and occasionally a Japanese lemonade as well (and this time, a nice cold glass of white for me).
The dinner-out scenario with kids has always been a bit of a conundrum for me. I dislike seeing children buried in techno gadgets whilst eating out; I actively ban it for ours. I think kids should be encouraged to join in the social interaction of the table; it's not that hard to engage them for a short time. At the same time I understand their attention span is shorter and they're bored more easily with adult conversation. It's for this reason we always try and pick somewhere that will work for everybody. If I'm after a long leisurely dinner with friends in a more formal restaurant setting, then it seems better for everyone if the kids stay home.
So, back to the sushi. We were in by 6.15pm, seated with our first plate about 2 minutes later. We had a lovely night; we laughed and ate and shared and had fun. And we were all done by 7pm.
How do you do the dinner thing with kids?
Are you pro-, or anti- gadgets at the table?
Love to hear your thoughts!