Many servers and restaurant customers alike cringe when they see a family with small children enter an establishment. Children have a reputation for making a big mess and disturbing the peace at restaurants. According to a Feb. 7 Yahoo! Shine report, one Washington restaurant understands the challenges do dining out with children and loves rewarding families with well-behaved kids.
Laura King was shocked to look at her bill from Sogno di Vino, an Italian eatery in Poulsbo, and see a $4 discount rewarded for the good behavior of her children. The owner, Rob Scott, said this is the first time he’s offered a discount like this on the bill, but he frequently gives free dessert to children who are well-behaved.
Scott said the three King children, ages 2, 3 and 8, were especially calm, polite and well-mannered. Laura said this starts with discipline at home that carries over when the family is in public.
She advises making sure small children have a nap and snack before going to a restaurant to avoid meltdowns from being overly tired or hungry while waiting for food. Laura said she and her husband pay attention to the children while at the restaurant, pointing out the artwork or what the staff is doing. If a child does get loud, one of the King’s promptly remove them until they are calm.
What are your tips for dining with children? Do you think parents should be rewarded if their children behave?