I'm one of those moms that likes to read parenting books. I read pregnancy books and I read books about babies and then how to make them sleep (best thing I ever did, besides give birth to said babies) and now I am delving into the realm of how to deal with toddlers. I got a few books from another MOT. One was by the Dr. Karp - he's the Happiest Baby on the Block guy. I'm with him on all the S's for getting your baby to sleep (especially the swaddle, God bless it) but when it comes to the toddler stuff, I wasn't feeling it - he wants me to speak to my toddlers like they are chimps. Actually, he points out that, at 14 months, a chimp is more advanced than my kids. Probably true, but no thanks - I like speaking like a human and hope my kids will too, someday.
Next up was the Girlfriend's Guide to Toddlers. Most of her advice was OK but all stuff you've alread heard - pretty much like, "Omigod, having kids is so hard and embarassing and gross but we love them so much!" Not really expert-y, IMO. I like advice that has a real point, not just something I could hear from anyone at the park. But still, there is lots of value in this kind of advice if you don't have moms at the park to chat with. So, I read on.
Things were going OK until she told me never to take my toddlers to a restaurant. Really? That's the worst advice I've ever heard - especially coming from another mother! I know lots of people feel that little kids should not be in restaurants but here's how I see it: There are fancy restaurants that are pretty much for adults only. It's not a rule but that's the atmosphere. In those cases, I get it. You won't see me and my twins at Mistral any time soon. But regular, family restaurants? I don't see why not. If you are prepared - and you should be, for your own sake, your kids' sake and the other guests - then eating out with kids is not a problem. My kids actually behave better in restaurants than they do at home. So maybe her advice should be learn how to have a successful outing with your kids instead of just locking them up inside until they're 5.
Also, if obnoxiousness is qualification for never going to restaurants, maybe teenagers should be banned, too. :)
What do you all think about kids in restaurants? Am I the crazy one?