My husband and I sometimes just really need a break from cooking and cleaning every night and it is SO nice to be able to get out for dinner every now and again. It’s actually quite a novelty and I usually dread it because I’m so worried about what the other tables around us are thinking about the scene that’s usually created at our table. That’s right, you heard me… I fear the judgement of others. I try not to let it bother me, but eye-rolling hurts. (And ps. I SAW YOU!)
Madeleine is 15 months old… food WILL be thrown. As responsible parents, my husband and I WILL remind Madeleine that food is for eating and not for throwing, but nevertheless, the half eaten noodles and chewed-on-then-spat-out broccoli WILL end up all over the table, all over the ground (and most likely all over my husband and I).
Portia is 3.5 years old… it IS upsetting when a crayon breaks in half or water spills on her colouring page. As loving parents, my husband and I WILL try and talk Portia down from the tears and upset that come along with crayons and paper that are now ‘unusable’, but nevertheless, there WILL be a mini melt-down (and believe me, it’s as upsetting to my husband and I as it is to you-if not more!).
Despite the chaos that comes with us dining out with young children, it’s worth it sometimes to just. have. a. break.
And when there’s a family beside us with kids roughly the same age, going through generally the same stages as our girls are, it’s just a huge relief to see that we are doing the best we can. Kids will be kids. Some children may sit calmly and quietly, but lots do not. And, you know what?…
THAT. IS. OKAY!
And when we’ve collected the last pieces of carrot off the floor and we’ve gathered up the last ounces of energy we can possibly muster as hard-working, sleep-deprived, devoted parents… to hear you say, with a gentle smile on your face, as we walk past you “it’s nice to see we’re not alone”…
THANK YOU! Just… thank you!!!