My kids behave great at restaurants. Well....they're great once the food comes. Usually, the waiting at the table seems to take forever, even if it is only a short wait. This week, we stopped by one of our favorite breakfast places, Sin Of Cortez. The kids shared a "monster" pancake, Mark had the "Papas Locos", potatoes with black beans, jalapenos, avocado, and all sorts of stuff. I wasn't hungry, but I loved my Vietnamese coffee.
To get to this blissful family moment, we had to wait about 15 minutes for our food, as expected.
So, I did what I usually do, and used the materials at hand to tell a story. Maggie grabbed about six coffee stirrers when we first sat down and broke them (ugh), so I used them to tell her the story of the Three Little Pigs, which she is obsessed with. She was seriously enthralled and waited patiently. Liam had a cute little girl seated next to him that was about his age, so they just babbled to each other the whole time. You can sugar packets, jam packets, whatever is at the table to tell stories, put on "shows", and run mock races. Most of the time, nothing gets opened or used, and we put it all back at the end. Since the sticks were already broken, I figured I might as well use them!