My three-year-old daughter loves going to the aquarium. But I suspect her fascination with all things Nemo may be working against us at mealtime. The frozen fish sticks which were formerly a staple of her diet are no longer being requested. She recently asked me, “Remember when I used to like fish sticks?”
While some kids marked the start of summer by the last day of school, my friends and I knew the season was here when we heard the familiar jingle-jangle of the ice cream truck as it started winding its way through our neighborhood. In suburban New York, we actually enjoyed two trucks: the Good Humor man made his rounds during the day, while my favorite, Mister Softee, showed up at dusk to provide a sweet end to our dinnertime. I’ll never forget when my older brother got his own ice cream truck route as a summer job, and I was the envy of the neighborhood as I rode shotgun.
It only counts if the food winds up inside your mouth!
by Jeff Hoyt
Sure, white tablecloths, linen napkins and soft candlelight are great when a couple wants to enjoy a romantic meal. But when baby makes three, a different kind of restaurant is needed. Feeding kids is tough enough when you have the home field advantage, where a toy or television can make the difference between proper nutrition and total frustration. When it comes to eating out as a family, you need all the help you can get.
Consult our lists of kid-friendly restaurants near you to find the best places to take the tots. At some, kids eat free. Others offer a special children’s menu. They all feature understanding staff, a kitchen open to the flexible whims of a child’s palate, and fellow diners who will put up with your kids’ shenanigans because you’re willing to put up with theirs. It all adds up to a winning formula for feeding your children outside of the home.