You are going to read that title and say ‘I already hate you’! Hey, I have always thought that too, my mum used to always say this is what she was told when it was time for dinner. Sit down, eat your dinner and be quiet. I believe dinner time is family time and this is when you can all talk and catch up on what you have done during the day.

I work in a restaurant at night. We call ourselves ‘family friendly’. We provide a pinball machine, colouring in and cheap kids meals. However, we are still a restaurant. Parents come here with kids, BYO wine, and absolutely no respect for other diners.

I wonder what we are teaching our children when we let them scream and play tips, come to the waitresses asking them to sharpen their pencils and smashing glasses because they are so hyped up from the pink lemonades at 8pm at night!

I understand fully, that parents need some time out, I have 2 children myself. If your children can’t behave in a restaurant, get a babysitter, or home delivery. Otherwise, maybe the ‘be seen but not heard’ saying should be displayed in every restaurant.

Posted by reneem1, 29th June 2013

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  • Teaching respect is so important if we want our child to succeed in life.


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  • Going out for dinner, I except my kids to have manners.


  • Of course at the dinner table is family time. The term is really a bit harsh but as I understand it children should learn to wait while the adults are talking. This teaches them respect .


  • We were at a restaurant one night, all adults as we left the 19 children between us with baby sitters. There was only one other group in the restaurant with three kids. They were throwing tennis balls and landed in our pizza once, spilt a glass of wine on the table and hit the only pregnant mum in the back of he head. Worst night ever! Kids need to learn how to behave!


  • i’m totally with you on that on, there was a time when we didn’t go to the restaurants due to misbehaving 3 year old, he grew out of it, but even now if one of my kids has a melt down and we can’t reason with him/her, we just pay and leave. we hardly have this problem now as the kids learnt better


  • I get it too! We don’t go out much, but I know people do not tend to mind if a child misbehaves, as long as the parent is on to it straight away. When the parents sit there and ignore it, that is when something needs to be said!


  • oh I get you! There is certain behaviour that should not be tolerated in restaurants, and some parents seem to use restaurants etc as makeshift child care centres where their kids can run wild and they don’t have to worry about the mess or the fuss they cause. A little discipline goes a long way and its just unacceptable that this type of stuff happens! There’s a limit to family friendly practices and it seems like you’ve had more than your fair share of poor behaviour!


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