Now I know that most people will take their children to these places since it is almost guaranteed that the child will eat.
With kids meals and toys and game rooms what child wouldn’t want to go there to eat.
But if you want your child or children to actually eat what they requested make it a rule that the extra curricular activities come after the meal.
Here is a child’s typical menu request at say McDonald’s.
chicken nuggets fries large drink. If you have 2 children here is a way to cut down on the food wasted and money spent.
Order one med. order of nuggets, one large order of fries and 2 small drinks.
give each child the same amount of the nuggets and half the fries and they each get their own drink.
Get a 2nd dipping sauce so they each have their own.
Promise that if they are still hungry when done they can split another order.
I don’t think that will happen if you stick with the rule that the games come after the meal.
If it is a beautiful day use the drive through and take the meal to the park and eat out side.
If the day is nasty and you find the place too crowded for comfort you can take the food home and eat while watching a movie or let the children read a book while they eat. It is a lazy day meal so some rules can be relaxed a bit.
To keep the meal relaxed keep in mind that accidents happen. Drinks get spilled elbows get in the way of others.
So if things like that get you embarrassed or uncomfortable maybe taking the food out doors is the best solution for you.
Try pizza for a change of pace as most children will eat that and if they don’t like all the same toppings let them pick off the ones they don’t like.
As long as they eat and are enjoying themselves you will be the hero.
And who doesn’t like to be the hero from time to time.