David M. Bueker wrote:The classic dining experience went bye-bye a while ago.
Mark Lipton wrote:...so this doesn't include the French Laundries and Troisgroses of the world.
Sam Platt wrote:Mark Lipton wrote:...so this doesn't include the French Laundries and Troisgroses of the world.
Be honest, Mark. You just don't want to pop for that $250 kids meal.
Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote: I have no problem substituting an iPad for a tantrum.
Mark Lipton wrote:Most expensive babysitting arrangement of life, but as Edith Piaf said...
Jo Ann Henderson wrote:I was lucky enough to have children who never threw a tantrum, ever.
Rahsaan wrote:Jo Ann Henderson wrote:I was lucky enough to have children who never threw a tantrum, ever.
You mean no tantrums in restaurants? Surely they threw one or two tantrums elsewhere. Unless you had drinking water laced with sedatives in your house!
Mark Lipton wrote:Rahsaan, our son never threw a tantrum if one uses that term in its traditional sense. He would cry and a few times was inconsolable for a while but never acted out in the way that I associate with the term tantrum.
Karen/NoCA wrote:Depending on the age of the child I see no issue with it. Once the kids are older, say by the time they are 7, and have been exposed to good training, they should be able to sit quietly, and talk with parents and other siblings. Spending a few minutes on an iPad while waiting for the food is no different than using the crayons the restaurant brings or participating in a game book. We groomed our three to go with us to fancy restaurants, because we wanted them with us when we traveled. At home, if we want a fine dining experience for the two of us, we made a fun night for the kids too, with their favorite sitter, a movie and a pizza. They loved it and we loved the evening. Even with our grandchildren now, when they are coming for a visit, I always remind them to bring their techie toys, just for those special times, grandpa and I want some quiet moments, especially in the car, RV or a nicer restaurant.
David M. Bueker wrote:I remember Larry Stein's child tucked in the corner of King Fung in Boston, coloring away while bottles flew around the room!
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